Jamie Carragher has told Raheem Sterling to "keep his mouth shut" and "get on with playing football" with the Liverpool forward expected to tell the club this week that he wishes to leave.
The Liverpool legend had some strong words for the 20-year-old who is said to be feeling "bullied" into agreeing a new deal at Anfield.
“For a 20-year-old kid to be taking on Liverpool Football Club over a contract. To the pit of my stomach that just winds me up, it angers me,” Carragher said on Sky’s Monday Night Football.
Carragher even accused the England international of going missing in Liverpool's big matches this season.
Liverpool have failed to qualify for next season's Champions League, but Carragher feels the player didn't turn up in this year's competition.
“The lad is from London and he obviously wants to go back home. It might not be about money. It may be about trophies or playing in the Champions League. If it’s about trophies, Liverpool had a chance for a trophy this year, in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Aston Villa. Where was Sterling?
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"If you want trophies, they don’t get given to you, you have to earn them, you have to play well in big games. What did Liverpool do in the Champions League? Nothing. What did Sterling do? Nothing.
“To do what he’s done now. There’s nothing worse than that. You keep your mouth shut - get on with playing football.”
Manchester City are among those known to be monitoring Sterling’s situation on Merseyside with interest, but it will not be easy for them to wrestle him out.
The player still has two years remaining on his £35,000-a-week deal, with club owner John W. Henry unwilling to sell to a rival this summer.
If Sterling does not sign a new deal he faces the next 12 months at least on the same salary.