Raheem Sterling 'throws a sickie' at Liverpool
Raheem Sterling has taken two more steps to engineer a move away from Liverpool - after reports emerged that he doesn't want to play for boss Brendan Rodgers and that he has called in sick and missed training on Wednesday.
The campaign from Sterling and his agent to orchestrate a move to Manchester City this summer has been underway for some time and after his return to training at their Melwood training HQ on Monday, it hasn't taken long for trouble to flare up.
Manchester City have had two bids for Sterling rejected by Liverpool, with the Anfield club furious at the tactics being used by their 20-year-old starlet to secure a big-money move.
After reports emerged on Tuesday suggesting Sterling had asked the club to be excused form their pre-season tour of the Far East and Asia, now the next phase of the 'Free Sterling' campaign has kicked into gear.
It is belalleged that a number of angry fans turned up at Sterling’s house yesterday morning to threaten him.
It is also alleged that he woke up to find more than 2,00 abusive texts and 1,200 WhatsApp messages on his mobile phone after his number was posted online.
Sky Sports are reporting that they have been told the reason Sterling wants to leave Liverpool is that he can no longer play for boss Rodgers, while it has also been confirmed that the player called in sick and missed training today.
While his latest antics are not yet evidence that he is prepared to go on strike for force a move, it does appear that we are edging closer to that unedifying prospect.
It remains to be seen how Liverpool will react to Sterling's latest moves, with Rodgers set to speak to the media later in the week as the saga over his want away star continues to dominate the agenda.