Sterling going nowhere says Rodgers

The Sunday People reports that Brendan Rodgers has rejected approaches from several Championship clubs interested in taking Raheem Sterling on loan for the rest of the season. The young wideman started the season in superb form and was the only positive to come out of Rodgers first few months at Anfield.

However, Sterling’s confidence has dipped and he has lost his place in the starting line-up due to the return to form of Stewart Downing and the signing of Brazilian Phillippe Coutinho.

Bolton, Cardiff and Leeds all inquired about taking the player on loan but were denied as Rodgers feels Sterling will benefit more by training with the Liverpool first team for the remainder of the season.

Plans for his first team squad

Rodgers has made another member of his squad, Spanish youngster Suso, available to Championship sides for a loan deal for the rest of the summer.

Rodgers is beginning to make plans for his first team squad next season. He has transfer targets in his mind for the summer, but has been told by the board he will have only £20m to spend on his squad.

After spending big money on Borini, Allen, Sturridge and Coutinho since last summer, the Liverpool board will want Rodgers to sell to before he can buy and Martin Skrtel is likely to be sacrificed to gain funds.