Raheem Sterling returns to Liverpool training
Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has reported for training after a two-day absence.
The unsettled forward is thought to have called in sick on Tuesday and Wednesday, further fuelling already considerable speculation over his future at the club.
The 20-year-old, the subject of two failed bids from Manchester City this summer, is believed to have asked not to travel on the club's pre-season tour of Asia and Australia earlier this week.
Earlier today, former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard had slammed Raheem Sterling and his reluctance to go on Liverpool's pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia
Gerrard, who is about to make his LA Galaxy debut this weekend, said “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.
“Raheem needs to go in and speak to the owners and to Brendan 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.”
In another interview, Gerrard appeared to have a pop at Sterling, by claiming he was a "different end of the scale" to new club captain Jordan Henderson.
"Raheem and Jordan are at different ends of the scale," said Gerrard. "Jordan's so professional, he's a winner, a great lad.
"I don't think there's a more fitting player to take that armband off me. I see a lot of my game in Jordan's game and what I like about him is he's very humble."