Steven Gerrard 'not happy' with Raheem Sterling antics
Steven Gerrard is displeased with how wantaway forward Raheem Sterling is handling his business at Liverpool.
Speaking to Sky Sports News on Thursday, the LA Galaxy midfielder called for a higher level of professionalism from the dissatisfied 20-year-old, and for his recent off-field antics to stop.
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"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," Gerrard said.
"Raheem needs to go in and speak to the owners and to Brendan [Rodgers] 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."
Sterling missed Liverpool training for a second consecutive day, sources told ESPN FC earlier Thursday. He was also absent from preparations on Wednesday, and cited poor health as the cause in both instances.
This all coming days after the former QPR man, who has made clear his desire to move to Manchester City, reportedly asked to be left out of Liverpool's preseason tour of the Far East and Australia.
City have seen two of their bids for Sterling rejected by Liverpool already this summer, with the Anfield club reportedly holding out for a fee of £50 million for the attacker, but remain confident of eventually securing a deal.