The end of Raheem Sterling’s contract negotiations will mark the start of a new chapter in his Liverpool career, and that day could be on the horizon.

Sterling told the Liverpool Echo on Monday that talks over a new contract with Liverpool are ongoing, and he hopes to conclude them in the near future.

“We’re working on it, and hopefully it will be sorted soon,” Sterling said.

Sterling’s current contract expires in 2017, and Liverpool is keen to secure the dynamic attacker’s services for the long term and fend off transfer interest from European heavyweights simultaneously.

Sterling’s words will encourage Liverpool fans, who have endured both highs and lows during his months-long contract saga. Many expected Sterling to have signed a new deal by the end of January, but the 20-year-old reportedly has rejected two of Liverpool’s offers, including one which manager Brendan Rodgers described as “incredible” earlier this month.

The contract negotiations haven’t negatively affected Sterling’s performances in an obvious way. Sterling has been Liverpool’s most important and productive attacking player, scoring 10 goals and assisting six more in 37 games (in all competitions) this season.

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