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Stay at Anfield, Gerrard tells Raheem

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told teammate Raheem Sterling to commit his future to the club.

Despite his current deal having two and a half seasons to run, Sterling, 20, has seen his contract situation at Anfield become a talking point.

Gerrard told several 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 with the likes of Fernando Torres, Michael Owen."

Gerrard added:"You've got to be able to have that (versatility) in your locker if you want to be top drawer.

"Raheem's got potential to be top drawer for sure. The exciting thing for all of us is that he's English. 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."

- PA Sport.