GUARDIAN – Raheem Sterling contract talks hit deadlock but Liverpool stay calm

• Liverpool forward puts talks on hold until the end of the season• Brendan Rodgers says the player can now concentrate on football• Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked with England man• Michael Carrick signs new deal with Manchester United• Club relaxed over Raheem Sterling’s futureBrendan Rodgers has said he cannot predict Raheem Sterling’s future intentions having been told by the 20-year-old that contract talks are on hold with Liverpool until the end of the season.Sterling, following the advice of his representative Aidy Ward, has informed the Liverpool manager that the protracted negotiations over a new contract will not resume until the campaign is over. Officially, Rodgers claimed the reason was the winger’s desire to concentrate on his football and to remove the distraction of a saga that has run since talks began in October. Continue reading…