Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has no fears over Raheem Sterling, believing that the player is not going to be distracted by the intense speculation surrounding his future.
Sterling recently turned down a new £70,000 a week contract to extend his time with the Reds, believing that his form and importance to the first team means that he deserves a significantly higher salary.
Negotiations are still ongoing between the talented forward and the Anfield club, with hope on Liverpool’s part that they can reach an agreement in the near future.
However, with a deal not yet agreed, interest in Sterling from other clubs has stepped up.
The likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have both been linked with a move in the last two days, which could worry Liverpool.
Both clubs could offer Sterling Champions League football, something that is looking increasingly unlikely at his current club, given Liverpool’s recent form.
Rodgers, however, is not worried.
He said: “I think Raheem has been brilliant. I think he’s been absolutely outstanding.
“The kid has been a real catalyst for us in terms of our attacking threat. I don’t think there’s any way there’s anything affecting him.”