11/20/2012 11:57:00 am

'You must not do it!' - Reds hero warns LFC over new Sterling deal. Agree?

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers yesterday insisted that Raheem Sterling will definitely 'tie himself a new contract' very soon, and all Reds fans will be hoping that happens sooner rather than later. At 17 years old, Sterling is already living the dream of most Reds fans, and Anfield legend John Aldridge has urged the club not to throw money at the youngster.

In his column for the Liverpool Echo today, Aldo insisted that the club 'must not give' Sterling a 'huge contract', adding:

"How much money does a lad of his age actually need?

"He [Sterling] still needs to have incentives to keep improving because in 15 years he could be a star.

"There is no point in handing him a £40,000 or £50,000 a week contract at his age".


I think Aldo is spot on here, and I'm sure Rodgers will not sanction a deal that big for someone so young.

Sterling currently earns £100k a year at present, and Liverpool are reportedly set to offer him £30K a week as part of the new contract, which roughly equates to £1.6m a a year.

Clearly, that is more than enough money for a 17-year old (!)

The money footballers earn is disgusting anyway, and if Sterling was to reject LFC's offer as a result of the all-pervasive greed that infects the modern game, then I'd be happy for the club to sell him to the highest bidder.

Hopefully, that won't happen, and Sterling will just sign whatever deal LFC put on the table.

Jaimie Kanwar






31 Comments :

FdotM said...

Could not agree more with Also and yourself.

All a 17 yo does not need that much money. As such there should be a specific salary cap for players under 24. Hendo is earning like 70K a week -_- .

Sterling is doing well, I just hope he keeps it humble. He is very privileged to be earning so much money and playing football.

If he "demands" more money then flipping shipping out!

Will said...

There should be a wage cap on all of football, the amount of money thrown around is ludicrous, and no one really needs to be paid £50k a week.
I dont think FSG/Rodgers will sanction a crazy contract offer, as we have already seen with Sigurdson (spelling?) etc...

FdotM said...

Agree with you Will.

If it was up to me, the most players could earn in 10K per MONTH!

rubyrm said...

sterling should realize that going for a big offer will be a backward move as his playing time will be limited and going back playing for the under 21.
He deserves a pay raise for sure. but it must be aligned to his age and performance.

Jason Carr said...

there is very little player loyalty in football simple pay him or lose him ps it has always annoyed me as a lfc supporter how we let our best players get down to so little on there contracts,stirlings case 18 month /have we not learned from past mistakes mcmanaman owen etc if you let them get down to short contracts then they hold all the aces

Jason Carr said...

get real what about actors singers and polititions its called supply and demand

Vvistra said...

101% agree with Aldo

Marko Krizmancic said...

easy for you. u forget that sterling have 3 children, he need money ;)

Will said...

Dont get me wrong, if someone offered me £50k a week, there is no way I would say no. But you have to agree they get paid crazy amounts.
I think it needs to change because of the fact that you only get a handful of teams really challenging for titles. Not in all cases obviously. But you can pretty much predict the top 4 or 5 teams each season, and its usually the ones who can spend the most.
Plus the fact that teams now say finishing 4th is more important than winning trophies is just a bit sad. But its all about money, and I think that is wrong. But again, if I was in that position I would want to be making the most money I could, so I understant why the prioritise it.

FdotM said...

I am being real. Football is just the tip of the ice berg, but on this occasion the matter at hand is football and not others superstar professions.

FdotM said...

To be honest you are right. Football players, and people in general are greedy. As such football is a business 1st these days so we really need to tie up our best players.

Then if they want to leave we can charge top dollar!

FdotM said...

Me2. I think a Salary Cap would have to be applied by FIFA in every league to make it plausible. However that just open the window for shady payments off the books.

FdotM said...

Is that actually true? I read it somewhere...

Jason Carr said...

exactly

Jason Carr said...

man city sponsership deal lol

Chirag Vyas said...

yes

old timer said...

Liverpool could not compete if it overpays for talent. By the dame token, it cannot compete if it underpays for talent. Overpayment or underpayment is dictated by market and liverpooi cannot compete if it disregards the market. The question "how much money does the kid need" is not really relevant in trying to determine his market price. Liverpool is not in a position to reinvent the market let alone reshape the mindset of today's football players and turn them to something less than "grab as much as you can/take care of no.1" persons that they (and in all fairness most of us) are.

Selling Sterling at this stage of his career will be counter productive since youy will not be able to make a lot of money on him unless he is locked in a long term contract.

So while I can understand the indignation, I would look for a realistic point of reference. Jack Wilshaire's and Tom Celeverly's contracts may be a good place to start. Let's see how much is paid for bright young talent by big clubs that are known to be fiscally prudent.

2Jay said...

Agree fully. Too much money thrown at him at such an early age is detrimental to him. He still has lots to learn on the field and as a person. If he wants more, then ship him out.

Ali said...

He is far better than Downing and Cole . So he earn this money .

Rohan240 said...

The kids need it lol

OriginalChan said...

When it comes to wages, Arsenal aren't that prudent and aren't afraid to give young players big wages. Arsenal are quite high up the wage table, despite their somewhat modest transfer spending over the years. Look at the difficulty they have had in selling Denilson, Bendtner or even someone older like Arshavin. They have to had loan them out or keep them in the squad as no one is willing to pay both the transfer fee and the full wages. I wouldn't be surprised if they attempt to do the same with Chamakh, as a free transfer buy usually commands a high wage. So I would be wary about looking at Arsenal's wage structure, they aren't that prudent with wages, imo, as they are now paying the price for their generosity towards their young players.

Going from the internet, Oxlade has a 20k a week contract but I think that was when he was bought from Southampton with no PL experience, whilst Sterling is a existing Liverpool player and has some experience in PL. According to the Telegraph, Wilshere's contract, starting in 2010, is around £40k a week.

Noskee said...

It's been a long time since I agreed with Jaimie!!!

Funkdoc said...

I say he deserves to be paid a salary that reflects his meteoric rise. Why should the likes of Hendo & Downing get paid 70k for bench warming where Sterling has leap flogged them in
Quality & importance. Balance is needed, not too miserly but just enough to make him sign a longer contract!

Watt D. Hehl said...

Then would the millionaire owners keep the savings?

Watt D. Hehl said...

Well said. It is good to have principles but don't lose a player because of a lack of awareness of the market for Sterling.

Peter_Maxwell said...

Get real. I have mates that do labouring and earn that a month. What kind of fantasy world do you live in?

Peter_Maxwell said...

Its not that hard. All of the codes in Australia do it, i.e. Rugby league and union and the AFL. Of course there are some teams that try to be dodgy, but for the main part it works pretty well.

Eric said...

The irony to me is that the players get the astronomical wages but when results are bad the manager gets sacked...

FdotM said...

They are kicking a ball mate, they are kicking a ball.

Only my opinion of course, I am aware it will never happen.

:)

Peter_Maxwell said...

Fair call. I'm happy for them to earn big money, but I do agree that they get paid too much. Maybe some where in the middle. I agree with the cap idea.

Alex_Star said...

To be clear, nobody of any age "needs" that much money. Sadly "need" does not factor into it these days.

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