Graphs like these are the reason Raheem Sterling can hold Liverpool to ransom 6 years ago

Graphs like these are the reason Raheem Sterling can hold Liverpool to ransom

Brendan Rodgers insists Raheem Sterling is going nowhere, but can Liverpool keep the young attacker?

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists that Raheem Sterling will not be sold this summer as he still has over two years on his contract.

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Rodgers says that Sterling's concentration should be on his football and not making eyes at other clubs.

"Liverpool are one of the superpowers of football and if the owners don't want to sell, they don't have to," insisted Rodgers.

"Concentration should be on his football. If his ambition is to win trophies that's aligned with what we do here."

Rodgers says that Sterling did not have permission from the club to give an interview to the BBC about his future on Wednesday, but says that everyone makes mistakes.

"There was no permission from us," he said. "He will learn. We all make mistakes in life, especially when we are young.

"I think the kid has tried to put off all talk about contract and money. For now hopefully the focus will be on football."

Sterling is reported to have turned down an offer of £100,000 a week to stay at Anfield, and admitted he was flattered by reported interest from Arsenal.

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This graph by Sporting Intelligence shows just how much players are earning now - the figures almost doubling since 2007 - and earning power is set to increase dramatically once money starts to pour in from Sky Sports and BT's massive £5.136bn deal to show Premier League football from 2016 onwards.