Liverpool expect Sterling stay

Liverpool expect Raheem Sterling to commit his future to Anfield, despite an ongoing contract wrangle and recent off-field controversies.

Raheem Sterling will remain a Liverpool player "for a long time", Anfield chief executive Ian Ayre believes.

The England international's future at the Merseyside club has been thrown into doubt recently over his refusal to sign a new and improved contract, attracting attention from rivals at home and abroad.

Sterling has courted further controversy recently with a string of videos and pictures appearing to show him inhaling laughing gas and smoking shisha pipes.

However, that has not changed Liverpool's opinion of the player – who won FIFA's Golden Boy award last year – and they remain confident of tying him down to a new deal.

Ayre told Sky Sports News: "Raheem's agent has asked that we park all discussions regards his future until the summer. We respect that.

"Raheem is a Liverpool player and has over two years left on his contract. 

"We expect Raheem Sterling to be here for a long time."