Raheem Sterling has indicated no amount of money Liverpool offer him can convince him to remain at the club as he ponders the next step in his career.
The England international recently turned down a £100,000-a-week offer and would seemingly be ready to turn down another, even if it meant he was paid more than the club's top earner Daniel Sturridge, who is paid close to £150,000-a-week.
In an interview with the BBC, Sterling has sought to make his position clear, insisting "it's not about the money at all.
"It's never been about money. I talk about winning trophies throughout my career. That's all I talk about."
He added during the interview, in which he addressed his statement to Liverpool fans: "I don't talk about how many cars I'm going to drive, how many houses I've got. I just purely want to be the best I can be.
"I don't want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old."
The offer of £100,000 is likely to be Liverpool’s final offer and whilst in an ideal world, the Anfield club want to keep him, if no compromise can be reached then they would rather sell him this summer for a serious fee than lose him in 2016, when he has only one year remaining on his current deal.
Who's been Liverpool's best XI of the season so far?
Liverpool's best XI of the season so far
Liverpool's best XI of the season so far
1/11 Simon Mignolet - 6.75
Has vastly improved since a dreadful start to the season. Brendan Rodgers doesn't have much competition for the Belgian, with Brad Jones way below the standard required.
2/11 Emre Can - 7.18
The German has been a revelation in Rodgers' back three system. The youngster is a stern defender and brilliant at carrying the ball out from the back. Has a big future at the club.
3/11 Martin Skrtel - 7.35
Skrtel has grown to become the club's most dependable and solid defender. His three game ban will hit Liverpool hard, with £20m Dejan Lovren really struggling in his first season at Anfield.
4/11 Mamadou Sakho - 7.12
The French defender isn't always the most pleasing on the eye - he's average on the ball - but he is a committed and strong defender.
5/11 Jordon Ibe - 6.88
It's a real shame for Liverpool fans that the teenager picked up an injury just as he was beginning to make the position his own. No one else has been able to act so effectively down the right, especially Raheem Sterling.
6/11 Jordan Henderson - 7.23
The Liverpool vice-captain has really stepped up to fill the shoes of declining captain Steven Gerrard. The England midfielder can now claim to be the Reds' most important player and first name on the team sheet.
7/11 Lucas Leiva - 7.22
The defensive midfielder has only seen limited action due to injuries and being out of favour, but he has far outperformed Steven Gerrard. The former England captain only scores 6.87 according to WhoScored's rating.
8/11 Lazar Markovic - 6.76
Bought as a winger the Serbian has been excellent when playing in either wing-back role, although his season has also been stunted by injury. Alberto Moreno has improved and owns a rating equal to Markovic.
9/11 Raheem Sterling - 7.36
Raheem Sterling has to play in the front three. According to who scored his best marks come, surprisingly, when he plays on the left (7.90) or as a central striker (7.50). Sterling has struggled in a wing back role and the stats bare that out, with his rating dropping to just 6.47 when he plays in the role.
10/11 Philippe Coutinho - 7.32
Another player who has really come on in recent weeks, the Brazilian is outperforming big money summer signing Adam Lallana (7.00). The England man has been better after a slow start but Coutinho is one of Liverpool's best attacking threats.
11/11 Daniel Sturridge - 7.07
Daniel Sturridge only has four Premier League goals in this injury-hit season and that he is Liverpool's best rated striker shows the paucity of options. Liverpool's three other strikers - Mario Balotelli (6.58), Rickie Lambert (6.31) and Fabio Borini (6.25) - all rank in the bottom five of Liverpool's whole scored, and have just four Premier League goals between them all season.
Sterling is understood to be keen on playing regularly in the Champions League, something Liverpool look set to be unable to provide next season and cannot guarantee in the same way that the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City can beyond that. Those three clubs are all understood to be watching events at Anfield closely.
There is also interest from abroad in the former QPR player, with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid linked.
Aside from wanting to play at the highest level and winning trophies, Sterling says he personally wants to be "the best I can be", whilst another issue is where where he plays on the pitch.
Brendan Rodgers has used Sterling in various positions this season, from his favoured role up front, all the way to wing-back. Sterling alluded to the issue in the interview. "It's been a bit much for me this season," he said. "I want to get through this season helping this football club".
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