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Departing Gerrard Urges Sterling to Stay at Anfield

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Steven Gerrard hasn't had the type of final season at Liverpool that he probably desired, but given his extensive contributions to the club over the course of his phenomenal career, his opinions remain influential. He was asked in a press conference to share his thoughts on Raheem Sterling's ongoing transfer saga, and he offered an interesting evaluation of the matter.

"Of course I'm biased but my advice to Raheem now is you have a manager who will believe in you and you can learn from and there is no one better than Brendan Rodgers for that. He should sign a new deal here," Gerrard said. "Brendan is a fantastic man-manager and puts a lot of time and effort into the development of an individual. The danger for these young players is they want it all too soon and they go chasing it. Then they go to another club and just become a number."

At the apex of his career Gerrard famously chose to stay with Liverpool rather than chase trophies at another club, which was an unusual move in an era of frenetic transfer activity. Because of his choice, Gerrard never won a Premier League title, although he has insisted that he doesn't regret the decision.

It's interesting (but not at all surprising) that Gerrard thinks Sterling should remain at Liverpool given all that has happened in his own career, and Liverpool fans will hope that the youngster takes note of the legend's words.

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