Liverpool star Jordan Henderson has urged Raheem Sterling to sign a new contract with the club.
Sterling is expected to leave the Reds after refusing to sign a new and improved deal.
But team-mate Henderson insists Sterling is a good person and hopes he will change his mind and decide to remain at Anfield.
As quoted on the Sky Sports website, Henderson said: “One thing I love about him is that he’s a great person and a great lad.
“He’s getting a lot of criticism because of the contract situation, but he’s first class as a person, all the lads love him whether it’s here with England or Liverpool.
“He’s a great professional. His work ethic is fantastic. He works as hard as he can and wants to improve all the time.
“With respect to him, he’s obviously left that to whoever’s representing him in regards to what he wants to do.
“But for me Raheem Sterling is a fantastic player and he’s been brilliant for England, I hope he will stay at Liverpool.”