Henderson: I hope Raheem stays

Date published: Friday 5th June 2015 2:22

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Sterling’s contract dispute with the club continues, with the 20-year-old refusing to sign a new deal.

Manchester City and Arsenal are just two clubs linked with signing him this summer, but Henderson is keen for the forward to remain on Merseyside.

Henderson said: “He’s obviously left his future to whoever’s representing him in regards to what he wants to do.

“But for me, Raheem Sterling is a fantastic player. He’s been brilliant for England and I hope he will stay at Liverpool.”

Henderson has also defended Sterling in light of the negative press he has received in recent weeks, adding: “One thing I love about him is that he’s a great person and a great lad.

“He’s getting a lot of criticism because of the contract situation but he’s first-class as a person. All the lads love him whether it’s with England or Liverpool.

“He’s a great professional. His work ethic is fantastic. He works as hard as he can and wants to improve all the time.”

As for Liverpool’s signing of James Milner on a free transfer, the former Sunderland midfielder said: “His attitude on and off the field is first class. You know you’ll get energy from him.

“He’s a quality player. I watched a lot of City players last year and he contributes a lot with assists and goals. He’s got a lot of ability. And he does a lot of the dirty work as well. I look forward to playing with him next season.”

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