Threats made to Raheem Sterling and his daughter prompt police probe
Merseyside Police confirmed on Monday evening that they were investigating Twitter threats made towards Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling and his three-year-old daughter after news of his imminent switch to Manchester City was announced.
"The language used in these tweets is abhorrent," a Merseyside Police spokesman said in the Liverpool Echo.
"We are taking the incident extremely seriously and an investigation by detectives in Liverpool CID is ongoing.
"People who use the internet to target others and who commit criminal offences such as harassment or hate crime in doing so are not beyond the law and can expect to be brought to justice."
Raheem Sterling is expected to move closer to sealing his £49million transfer to Manchester City on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Sterling is understood to have completed a medical at City on Monday after the Merseyside club accepted their third bid for the player, who made no secret of his desire to leave.
The 20-year-old was not included in Brendan Rodgers' squad for the pre-season tour to Thailand, but the Reds boss insisted there were no hard feelings between himself and the player.
Speaking at a press conference in Bangkok, the Northern Irishman said: "I spoke to Raheem at length again before I left (on Sunday), so there is no issue and no problem.
"Two clubs have agreed a deal and subject to a medical he will move on. But at this moment in time the interest is with the players that are here."
Sterling had reportedly asked Rodgers not to include him in the tour party and, when City tabled their improved bid on Sunday, Liverpool accepted the deal was done.
It will bring to an end an acrimonious six-month saga which began when Sterling rejected what Rodgers described as an "incredible" new contract offer in February.
Sterling went on to explain in an unsanctioned BBC interview why he had rejected the deal, before his agent Aidy Ward claimed the player would not sign a new deal - even for "£900,000 a week".