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Celtic boss Rodgers: I tried to keep Sterling at £2k-a-week with Liverpool

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers admits he tried to keep Raheem Sterling on a low salary while at Liverpool.

Sterling, now with Manchester City, signed a contract on December 21 2012 aged just 18, which saw his wages reportedly rise from £2,000 to around £40,000.

"There is one common denominator when it comes to young players falling by the wayside - money," Celtic boss Rodgers told the Daily Express.

"It distorts reality, it changes people. I'm always cautious of that. I had Raheem Sterling playing for England and a regular in the Liverpool first team on £2000 per week.

"I couldn't do it any longer than about the November time because he was absolutely brilliant, so we had to get him on a different contract.

"But I stretched it out as long as I could.

"With young players, one, they have to earn it and, two, you don't go overboard with them because they have played a couple of good games."

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