Date: 8th July 2015 at 1:24pm
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Want away winger Raheem Sterling has reportedly skipped training and refused to go on the club’s upcoming pre-season tour…

The infuriating and messy Raheem Sterling affair shows no sign of abating after the tawdry winger failed to show for training on Wednesday.

His decision to phone in sick, which is being investigated by the club as per normal procedure, follows a meeting with manager Brendan Rodgers 24 hours prior in which the winger reiterated his desire to leave and revealed his reluctance to join the rest of the Liverpool squad on their forthcoming tour of the Far East and Australia.

Sterling’s stance coincides with Manchester City’s continued interest in acquiring his services which is expected to imminently yield a third bid.

So far the Citizens have been unsuccessful with offers of £35m and £40m, including add-ons, with the Reds, who still publicly maintain they are not interested in selling, believed to be holding out for £50m.

Sterling’s career at Anfield has been in doubt for much of the year after he rejected a new £100k-per-week contract offer.

Subsequent rants from his agent and an unsanctioned BBC interview, in which the England international tried unsuccessfully to convince supporters that his decision was based on footballing reasons, only served to heighten the feeling that Sterling and his camp were angling for a move away from Anfield.

That looks increasingly likely to happen but the 20-year-old’s actions have left a bitter taste in the mouths of Liverpool supporters and exposed him to widespread criticism.

Sterling’s questionable public persona hasn’t been helped by a series of tabloid revelations about his choice of recreational activities, including multiple dabblings with ‘hippy crack’ nitrous oxide.

The ex-Queens Park Rangers trainee has already received a backlash from some angry fans; getting booed during both England’s friendly with Ireland and a new LFC kit launch.

Vital Comment
What little hope there might have been of Sterling being convinced to stay following the club’s summer recruitment drive is now well and truly over. His sale cannot come quickly enough for all involved. Good riddance.

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