Raheem Sterling says he is not in any hurry to be offered a new contract by Liverpool, reports Sky Sports.
The 19-year-old enjoyed a superb 2013-14 season, scoring ten goals as Liverpool finished runners up to Manchester City.
His performances saw him called up to the England squad for the summer’s World Cup, and many had expected the Reds to tie the youngster to a lucrative new contract.
However, Sterling says he is not in hurry, adding that he is yet to speak to manager Brendan Rodgers about the prospect of a new deal.
He told reporters: “I don’t know anything about a new contract. I am just here, playing football, and if the manager comes to me with a new deal, then that’s his decision.
“But I’m not in any rush at all. I am happy to just be playing football.
“Hopefully, I will continue to learn and improve. This is a great environment to be in at this moment and I am really happy.”
Sterling also accepts his performances last season will see more attention from opposition defenders come his way, but the teenager remains confident of dealing with that added pressure.
Sterling added: “It’s part of the game really, the physical side of it. You are going to get defenders that want to make sure you know their presence is there, and make sure it’s being felt.
“It is all part of it – you’ve got to keep your temper and keep calm, and try to play the game and try to score so they know it’s not all about the physical part of the game.
“I think if you are getting kicked a lot on the pitch, it means you are a threat to the opposition because they want to stop you as early as possible.
“In this game, you’ve just got to look at people like Messi or Ronaldo – they get kicked all the time, I think they are doing something right.
“So that’s why people try to stop them as early as possible.
“I’m not saying I’m a Messi or Ronaldo, but it’s the same that if you are in an attacking position, defenders will try to kick you.
“It is part of the game – you just have to get on with it and try to do your best. I like taking defenders on.
“I am learning each day and taking it all in my stride. I will definitely be keeping a cool temperament and continue doing my best for the team.”
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