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Liverpool legend urges Sterling to ‘forget contract’ and ‘just perform’

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that Raheem Sterling will have a “long and successful career” despite the recent attention he’s received over failure to agree on the terms of a new contract with the Reds.

“He’s one of Liverpool’s best attacking players. But forget the contract and money, the best way to prove your worth and keep the fans off your back is just perform. Don’t tell people how good you are, show them,” Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Monday night football.

Sterling scored the first goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Newcastle at Anfield last night, which leaves them four points behind fourth-placed Man City and keeps them in the hunt for a top four Premier League finish.

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But the 20-year-old is struggling to shake off the heavy criticism he’s been subjected to for not putting pen to paper on the £100,000-a-week deal he was offered, but Carragher thinks he will learn from the experience.

“There’s no doubt over the last six to 12 months, that in years to come he will look back on this period as a massive learning curve.

“You make mistakes at that age, I did, we all do. It’s just important that we learn from them. Raheem Sterling needs to be on the back pages, not the front pages.

“That’s a problem for him in the last few months, hopefully he learns from them. He’s going to be a great talent.”

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About Ben Ashton (226 Articles)
MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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