Liverpool have declined to comment on fresh allegations that unsettled striker Raheem Sterling has again been inhaling laughing gas.
The 20-year-old England international, who on Wednesday was the subject of a £40 million bid from Manchester City – £10 million below the Anfield asking price – was warned in April by Liverpool about his responsibilities as a role model after he was caught on video at his home sniffing nitrous oxide from a balloon. Photographs also emerged at the same time which purported to show him smoking a shisha pipe.
The latest images are carried on the front and inside pages of the Sun under the headline '£50m? You're having a laughing gas.'
The inhalation of laughing gas – or hippy crack as it known – has become fashionable among young partygoers but doctors have warned it can potentially have harmful or even lethal consequences.
Despite Sterling's recent controversies, and his stated desire to move to a club with a greater chance of winning trophies Liverpool are desperate to hang on to one of the Premier League's outstanding talents and have already rebuffed an earlier offer from City. The Merseyside club insist they will not sell for below £50 million.