It has been reported in the Metro this week that Raheem Sterling is requesting a 2500% pay rise from Liverpool as the cub enter contract negotiations with the promising youngster . Sterling recently broke into Brendan Rodgers’ first team and is understandably wanting to upgrade from his current £2,000-per-week deal.
If Sterling gets his way, he will go from earning £2,000 per week to an incredible £50,000 per week. At first glance, this may seem like a ridiculous request but when you think that the likes of Stewart Downing are likely to be earning more than £50,000 a week, you can sort of understand where Sterling is coming from.
Sterling was bork in Kingston, Jamaica but moved to London with his mother at the age of five. He was scouted by Queens Park Rangers and joined their youth system at 10 years of age. Sterling was actually signed in Rafael Benitez’s reign at the club for a fee of £600,000 but did not feature in any senior Liverpool match until March 2012 at the tender age of 17.
After recently breaking int0 the first team, Raheem Sterling has been one of Liverpool’s few bright sparks in an otherwise poor campaign for the Merseyside club this season. With the Reds down in 13th after 11 games and struggling to score goals, Brendan Rodgers could be come reliant on the injection of pace and energy that Sterling provides.
Sterling has been one of Liverpool’s few good players this season and looks as though he can compete with some of the best defenders in the league, even though he still only 17! Liverpool bosses may see Sterling’s pay rise as a ludicrous request but if the player were to leave for another club and become a world class star, Liverpool could end up regretting their decision for years to come.
In the current economic climate, with most Premier League clubs trying to reduce their spending, giving a player an extra £48,000 a week does seem somewhat outrageous. However, I think Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool fans alike will be desperate to hold on to the youngster and should do whatever it takes to keep such a promising player at the club. Their aspirations of getting back into Champions League football may count on it.