Liverpool chairman Tom Werner is confident that youngster Raheem Sterling will sign a long-teem contract, pledging his future to the Reds.

The England International has been a subject of intense contract talks, and talks for a new agreement have stalled for months.

But Werner is adamant that the 20-year-old will commit, claiming talks are ongoing with Sterling’s representatives which will soon bear fruit, at the same time citing his importance to the club.

Talking to Liverpool Echo, the American said,’‘All I can say is that I’m hopeful that we’ll conclude a deal. Obviously it’s important for us. He’s an exceptional player.

“Brendan and Ian Ayre are quite involved and Brendan is talking to Raheem about this and I hope and expect a very positive outcome that is good for Raheem – and good for the club.

“I would say that I’m confident that we will reach an agreement that works for all parties.”

Manager Rodgers meanwhile asserted that Sterling is being handsomely rewarded for his performances, and had little doubt about the former Queens Park Rangers attacker’s commitment

“Raheem is going to get rewarded. He has been offered a wonderful deal, an incredible deal for a young player. He is very happy here and you can see that in his play”

“We are certainly not going to be a club that gives out way, way above what they are worth. We reward our best players.

“It is very important for young players to have something to strive for and if they get too much too soon it will sabotage their development. Raheem has been outstanding since he was put in the team but you have to remember this was a 17-year-old who was put into the team.”

“We believe this is the best place for him. But you have to leave something there for the next one for them to progress,” the Northern Irishman said.

Sterling still has two years left on his contract, but the Reds want to tie him to a new deal to fend off interest from any potential suitors.

The 20-year-old earlier in January was allowed to take a mid-season break, with Rodgers intending to prevent the winger from exhaustion; a decision which Sterling has justified.

Sterling has become an integral part in Rodgers’ plans, and led the line in the injury-absence of Daniel Sturridge.

He has scored 9 goals so far this season, further assisting 6 goals.

Liverpool face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the FA Cup fifth round tie, with Sterling set to miss the encounter due to a foot injury, which also saw him miss out the Reds’ 3-2 win over Tottenham at Anfield on Tuesday.

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