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Carragher on Sterling: 'He's starting to get a reputation'

Jamie Carragher Credit: PA Images

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has reacted to allegations Raheem Sterling called in sick before todays training session. He believes the way the whole affair is playing out could be causing long-lasting damage to Sterling's standing.

"He's starting to get a reputation that could be hard to rid himself of in the future," Carragher wrote on

"Are Man City fans looking at the situation and thinking this could be us in a few years?

"I think this situation will only make Liverpool more determined to get the fee they feel Raheem is worth rather than caving in to Raheem's and Man City's wishes."

Raheem Sterling 'calls in sick' before training

Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Images

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling did not report for training today after apparently phoning in sick this morning.

Press Association Sport say Liverpool began pre-season training this week but it is believed Sterling telephoned on Wednesday morning to say that he was unwell. The club have not commented on the situation.

Sterling, 20, has been the subject of two failed bids from Manchester City this summer, believed to have been worth up to £30million and £40million. The player, who has two years remaining on his contract at Anfield, rejected an offer of a new £100,000-per-week deal earlier this year.

It is understood that Sterling spoke to manager Brendan Rodgers this week and informed him that he did not want to travel on the pre-season tour. Rodgers and his squad are due to fly out on Sunday ahead of their first friendly against a Thai All Stars side in Bangkok next Tuesday.

City increase bid for Sterling to £40 million as Liverpool forward edges closer to move

Manchester City have upped their bid for Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Images

Manchester City have made an improved £40million offer for Raheem Sterling but Liverpool are expected to reject the latest bid.

Having had an offer of £25million plus £5million worth of add-ons turned down last week, City have upped what they are willing to pay by £10million.

However, that still falls short of the £50million minimum Liverpool believe the 20-year-old England international is worth and they are likely to turn down the offer.


Rodgers: Sterling needs educating

Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe have been made aware of the responsibility of being a Liverpool player.

The Reds manager met with them on Thursday after both players hit the headlines this week.

Sterling was pictured getting a legal high, while inhaling nitrous oxide. He has also been photographed smoking a shisha pipe alongside Ibe.

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