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 www.kicca.com.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling has been warned about his conduct after being filmed apparently inhaling laughing gas.
The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said the incident would be dealt with internally.
The mobile phone footage emerged as Sterling, who's 20, was scoring for Liverpool in a Premier League match last night.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers seemed less than amused, here is what he had to say about the incident:
On the streets of Liverpool opinions were divided:
But even if his off the field antics haven't affected his performances they serve only to highlight the rights and wrongs of a so-called legal high currently used by thousands of young people.
So far there have been a handful of deaths associated with Nitrous Oxide, Dr Cathy Montgomery from Liverpool John Moores University highlighted some of the dangers:
Raheem Sterling is still mulling over a new contract with Liverpool.
He's yet to sign a new deal with the Reds, who say they've offered him an incredible deal.
Sterling has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and Chelsea but Brendan Rodgers says he won't improve his offer.
The Liverpool player Raheem Sterling has been cleared of a charge of assaulting his ex girlfriend following an incident in Huyton.
Liverpool and England footballer Raheem Sterling will stand trial later today on charges of assaulting a woman, reported to be his girlfriend.
He is said to have attacked 19-year-old model Shana Ann Rose Halliday.
The 18-year-old winger entered a not guilty plea at Liverpool Magistrates' Court last month.
Sterling, from Woolton, was granted conditional bail and will stand trial for common assault at the same court this afternoon.
He was arrested on August 8 at 10.30pm following an incident in Page Moss, Huyton, Liverpool.
Miss Halliday, from Liverpool, was crowned the winner of England's Top Model of the World beauty pageant earlier this year.
She went on to contest the pageant's world final in Egypt and reportedly works as a sales assistant for the Hollister clothing chain.