Sunday 17 December 2017

Liverpool news: Steven Gerrard lashes out at Raheem Sterling over 'sickie'

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling (L) celebrates with Steven Gerrard last season
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling (L) celebrates with Steven Gerrard last season

Steven Gerrard has lashed out at Raheem Sterling's behaviour in refusing to go on Liverpool's pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia.

Sterling has not attended training at Liverpool for the past two days, claiming that he has been ill.

He had earlier told manager Brendan Rodgers that he wanted to skip the tour so he could attempt to progress his move to Manchester City, rather than travel to Bangkok with the rest of the squad on Sunday.

City have had two bids rejected for Sterling by Liverpool, who are holding out for around £50million for the unsettled winger. A third bid from City is expected soon.

Sterling's actions have caused controversy on Merseyside and Gerrard has become the latest senior figure to go public with a withering assessment of his former teammate.

Gerrard, who is preparing for his LA Galaxy debut this weekend after leaving Liverpool at the end of last season, told Sky Sports: “I’m not happy with all that carry-on and I don’t think there’s any need for it. They all need to be men about the situation.

“Raheem needs to go in and speak to the owners and to Brendan himself, tell them what he wants and go about it that way. You don’t have to throw illnesses in and refuse to go on tour.

“There are millions and millions of Liverpool fans around the world who are itching to see Raheem Sterling in a Liverpool kit. So I don’t think it’s fair on them if he is behaving like that.”

In a separate interview with the BBC, Gerrard contrasted Sterling's behaviour to his successor as Liverpool's captain, Jordan Henderson, who recently signed a new contract with the club.

"Raheem and Jordan are at different ends of the scale," said Gerrard. "Jordan's so professional, he's a winner, a great lad.

"I don't think there's a more fitting player to take that armband off me. I see a lot of my game in Jordan's game and what I like about him is he's very humble."

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