Steven Gerrard has criticised the behaviour of his former Liverpool teammate Raheem Sterling.
Sterling, the subject of interest from Manchester City, has asked to be omitted from Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the Far East and has been absent from training for the last few days as he tries to an engineer a way out of the club.
His actions have angered fans of the Merseyside club, as well as boss Brendan Rodgers, and Gerrard has conceded he is disappointed in the 20-year-old.
“I’m not happy with all that carry-on and I don’t think there’s any need for it,” Gerrard, who left Anfield after 17 years this summer to join LA Galaxy commented.
“They all need to be men about the situation.
Sterling is expected back at training on Friday but it remains to be seen whether he will turn up.
The England international is determined to leave this summer but Liverpool have turned down two bids from Manchester City, the latest in the region of £40million, and will not be forced into selling the starlet.
“Raheem needs to go in and speak to the owners and to Liverpool manager, 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 joined Liverpool from Queens Park Rangers as a 15-year-old in 2010 and has a contract with the club until 2017. However, he refused to sign a contract extension worth £100,000 a week in January.
In a separate interview, Gerrard said he was “very disappointed” with Sterling and contrasted his attitude with Jordan Henderson’s professionalism.
“Raheem and Jordan are at different ends of the scale,” the Liverpool legend explains.
“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.”