Despite his current deal having two and a half seasons to run, Sterling has seen his contract situation at Anfield become a talking point. Sterling’s versatility in being able to operate as a striker has provided under-pressure boss Brendan Rodgers with a welcome boost, and Gerrard hopes to see the 20-year-old stick around for a lot longer. He told a number of national newspapers: “I hope he signs a new contract at the club because I think this club is perfect for him, certainly for the next few years. “He’s going to play most weeks, the fans love him here. He can progress here and become a top, top player here so I hope the people around him give him the right advice because he should stay here. “He’s great to watch, great to play with, he’s got that pace. When you look up he’s always giving you an option and that’s what I’ve thrived on throughout my career at Liverpool with the likes of Fernando Torres, Michael Owen. “There’s nothing better as a midfielder when you look up and see pace running in behind. I saw it on numerous occasions [against Bournemouth in midweek] and hopefully it will continue because it stretches teams and creates chances.” Sterling’s brace in a 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday was a real pressure reliever after a run of poor results. His finishing was also impressive, having squandered a number of clear-cut chances at Manchester United on Sunday. “You’ve got to be able to have that [versatility] in your locker if you want to be top drawer,” added Gerrard. “Raheem’s got potential to be top drawer for sure. He took a lot of stick after the weekend but I thought his all-round performance was magnificent, the only thing that was missing was a finish and that came [against Bournemouth]. “The exciting thing for all of us is that he’s English and going to be a top, top player. I think he can play anywhere along the front, he’s that intelligent. He’s got to keep learning, he’s got to keep wanting it.” Press Association Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told team-mate Raheem Sterling to commit his future to the club.
Bayern Münich (ALE) – Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)Ajax Amsterdam (HOL) – Atlético Madrid (ESP)Atalanta (ITA) – O. Lyon (FRA)Inter Miláno (ITA) – Rennes (FRA)Salzburg (AUT) – Derby County (ING)Benfica (POR) – Liverpool (ING)Red Star (SRB) – Midtjylland (DIN)Juventus Turin (ITA) – Real Madrid (ESP)-Final quarters (March 17/18)1. Winner of Inter Milan / Rennes – Winner of Juventus / Real Madrid 2. Winner of Salzburg / Derby County – Winner of Atalanta / O. Lyon3. Red Star / Midtjylland winner – Ajax / Atlético Madrid winner4. Winner Bayern Münich / Dinamo Zagreb – Winner Benfica / Liverpool-Semi-finals (April 17, at Colovray Stadium in Nyon)A. Winner Quarterfinals 4 – Winner Quarterfinals 3B. Winner Quarterfinals 2 – Winner Quarterfinals 1-Final (April 20, Colovray Stadium of Nyon)Winner of Semifinal A – Winner of Semifinal B Juventus Turin-Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam-Atlético de Madrid, are the clashes of the Spanish teams in the knockout stages of the Youth Champions League, whose draw for matches until the final phase of Nyon was held this Friday, at the UEFA headquarters.In the raffle the eight heads of series were paired (Ajax. Atalanta, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Inter Milan, Juventus Turin, Liverpool, Real Madrid), who had finished as first group of the initial phase, and the eight winners of the subsequent ‘play offs’ (Atlético Madrid, Red Star, Derby County, Dynamo of Zagreb, Lyon, Midtjylland, Rennes, Salzburg) in a pure draw. With this, the route of the pairings, to single party, are the following:-Eighth of end (March 3/4)