Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has dismissed transfer talks linking Raheem Sterling to Real Madrid. Rodgers also labelled Raheem Sterling as a super-fit boy. Sterling has started the new season brilliantly, scoring 3 goals in the first five games.

Rodgers said: “I’m not concerned, one bit. Obviously it wasn’t ideal, but we gave him a breather against Aston Villa because we knew that he was going to be important for us over a number of games coming up.

“The League Cup was important, and he’s a very important player for us. But he’s a super-fit boy. He works and trains hard every day, and I think you’ve seen that his fitness levels are high, and I know that he’ll be relishing the game on Saturday.

“I think it shows that he is playing exceptionally well.I think you could probably link Raheem with every club in the world at the moment. He’s a fantastic young talent.

“I’ve nothing really to add to (the story). Obviously there’s speculation every day about players coming and going here, so I sit easy with it.

“He’s a wonderful boy, and I think he and his representatives know how comfortable he is here. He still has three years left on his contract, and there’s no rush from my perspective (to extend that) at the moment.”

Rodgers also provided a fitness update on injured striker Daniel Sturridge. The club medical staff will continue to assess Sturridge’s fitness and he will be given every chance prove his fitness for the Merseyside derby on Saturday. Sturridge was injured while on duty for England and has missed the last four games for Liverpool.

“We’ve got a number of injuries, which we will give every chance to,” Rodgers said. “Daniel is out on the field working, and with him and a number of others, we will assess closer to the time.

“If he doesn’t make it, he won’t be far off next time.

“He is someone that responds well to treatment, but there are still 48 hours until the game. The most important thing is that he is nearing fitness.

“He certainly won’t be match fit because he hasn’t played for a few weeks. But it will be great to have him back because he’s a wonderful player, a great reference for us at the top of the field with his pace and movement.

“We’ll be very happy to have him back, and I hope that will be this weekend.”