Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey says the Reds must show they can match the ambition of Raheem Sterling if they are to keep him at the club.
The 20-year-old has put contract talks on hold until the end of the season, and revealed he had already turned down an offer of £100,000 a week in an interview with the BBC this week.
Sterling aluded to the fact he will make a decision based on where he believes he will win the most trophies, and Heskey – who won six major honours during his time at Liverpool – says the club must prove they match his ambition.
“He’s an individual who knows what he wants,” Heskey told talkSPORT “He’s said some things, that it’s about trophies and winning things, and if Liverpool can show they can do that, I’m sure he will put pen to paper.
“I left Leicester for Liverpool for the same reason, because I wanted to win trophies. Hopefully they can show they are ambitious enough to win trophies and then he will sign.”
Manager Brendan Rodgers has consistently claimed that Liverpool is the best place for Sterling to develop into a world class footballer, and Heskey agrees.
“His progress has been immense, especially under Brendan Rodgers, so I don’t see why he should leave,” he said. “You see a lot of young players leave clubs where they are making great progress and they go to another club and that stops.”