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Brendan Rodgers expects Raheem Sterling to stay


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his side's objective is still to finish as high as possible in the Premier League table.

Certain not to feature in next season's Champions League, the Reds face Stoke City away from home on Saturday hoping to at least qualify for next season's Europa League.

"I've said at the beginning of the season that [the aim] is to finish as high as we possibly can," Rodgers said.

"That is the aim for the game. Our season doesn't finish until the whistle blows on Sunday so it'll be a tough game for us away at Stoke but we go there and we want to finish the season strong.

"I always believe it's a good sign of the team if they can keep going to the very end and that will be our ambition against Stoke."

Asked about the Raheem Sterling situation, Rodgers explained: "It's very difficult to comment on what other people speak about.

"We've always been very, very clear here at Liverpool - if we have any meetings or discussions to take place, whether it's with players, manager or whatever, it'll all be dealt with internally.

"We don't like to publicise what we're going to do. We just look to do it in-house and as privately as possibly can be. The concentration for myself is to continue to improve Raheem as a football player.

"The facts of everything are very, very simple - whether there were talks or no talks, Raheem has two years left on his deal at Liverpool.

"I expect him to see that two years through and continue to behave as immaculately as he's done in the time I've been at the club. For me, it's quite simple.

"I don't see Raheem being unhappy. Raheem's representative made it very clear they wanted to speak at the end of the season, so for us our concentration is really on the last game of the season. Then I'm sure talks will take place over the course of the summer.

"I don't see Raheem unhappy. He's a young boy who has developed incredibly well over the course of the last nearly three seasons and we hope that development will take place further here."

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