Brendan Rodgers has said he expects Raheem Sterling to remain at Liverpool for at least the next two years.
The Anfield boss was talking in the aftermath of comments made by Sterling's agent who said that the England international would "definitely" be moving to a new club this summer.
Aidy Ward said that even an offer of £900,000-a-week would not be enough to tempt his client to remain at Anfield.
However, Rodgers has pointed out that no new deal is needed as Sterling has already committed his future to the club until 2017.
"Whether there are talks or no talks, Raheem has two years left and I expect him to see that through. For me it's quite simple," he said. "How we like to work is to keep everything behind closed doors. We can only control what we do."
Rodgers claimed that the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, would not be bullied into selling Sterling, just as they refused to bow to pressure to sell Luis Suarez before allowing the Uruguayan to join Barcelona a year later.
"The ownership have shown their strength in their time here.
"They took over a club a number of years ago that was in a really critical situation and they have done an incredible job to stabilise the club and point it in the right direction.
"At every opportunity when they have had to show that strength - whether it be with a player or other elements of the club - they have done that.
"In this situation they will show that power and strength again."
Liverpool conclude their disappointing season away at Stoke City on Sunday for which Sterling could feature.
"If he is fit, which at the mo he is, Raheem is available for Sunday," said Rodgers who will not hold this week's developments against the player. "My relationship with him hasn't been affected."
Who could Liverpool sign to replace Raheem Sterling?
Who could Liverpool sign to replace Raheem Sterling?
1/7 Felipe Anderson
The Lazio midfielder has enjoyed his breakthrough season in Italy this year, but that has alerted a number of clubs across Europe including Liverpool. The 22-year-old Brazilian is contracted to the Serie A club until 2020 and will therefore cost a significant amount if he were to move this summer, but it’s believed he has the potential to become one of the most dangerous attacking midfielders in the world if he continues his steep development curve.
2/7 Theo Walcott
Arsenal’s pace merchant is finding it hard to break back into the first team after recovering from the ruptured cruciate ligament that sidelined him for over a year. With doubts over his fitness, his suitability to the current Arsenal side and whether he’s a better option compared to his team-mates, rumours have linked him with a dramatic Arsenal exit. Liverpool would be one of the teams in for the England winger, who can also play in attack, and given that his speed can terrify any defence he would be a suitable option to replace Sterling.
3/7 Marco Reus
Any move for Reus appears to be hinged on firing Brendan Rodgers and hiring Jürgen Klopp, and given the noises coming out of Anfield, it’s unlikely to happen this summer. But if another transfer window goes belly-up, don’t be surprised to see Klopp at the club soon after with Reus in tow. The Germany international is a wonderfully gifted player who combines pace and skill to dazzle defences. He has struggled with a persistent ankle injury in recent months, but he would add a proven quality to the Liverpool ranks.
4/7 Divock Origi
Rodgers already knows one signing he will see arrive at Anfield in the summer as Belgium striker Divock Origi will complete the permanent move he agreed last year, having spent the season on loan with Lille. Rodgers could look to revert to the tactics he deployed last season when he had Luis Suarez to pair up with Daniel Sturridge, and although Origi is nowhere near the level Suarez was at present, the Northern Irishman will hope he has unearthed a gem when he arrives in the Premier League.
5/7 Alexandre Lacazette
The French forward is being courted by the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, but Liverpool could look to show a sign of intent by launching a bid for him before their rivals. Lacazette is equally adept at playing as a striker or out wide, and it would depend on how Rodgers would choose to deploy him to where he would feature. The France international has helped Lyon secure second in Ligue 1 and will finish the season as top goalscorers barring any heroics from Andre-Pierre Gignac, who trails by six goals.
6/7 Jeremy Menez
Menez’s brother and agent has fuelled talk of a move away from AC Milan by admitting he is likely to leave this summer, and even addressed rumours of a move to Liverpool as well as Monaco. However, at this point in time they are just rumours, and despite being able to play out wide he is more suited to an attacking role through the middle.
7/7 Ezequiel Lavezzi
The Argentine has fallen off the radar in recent months, but his future at Paris Saint-Germain remains far from certain and a move to the Premier League has always appeared on the cards. At home out wide on the wing, Lavezzi can also do a job up front, and would bring a physicality to the attack that is currently missing in Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Ibe.
Talks were scheduled to take place between Sterling and his representatives and Liverpool today, however they were cancelled by the club in the aftermath of Ward's comments. The Independent understands that the PFA could step in to mediate and Rodgers has confirmed he still expects discussions to take place.
"I'm sure talks will take place over the summer. I don't see Raheem as being unhappy."
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