Does Raheem Sterling want to quit Liverpool?
Liverpool: Raheem Sterling is set to tell Liverpool he wants to leave the club in the summer when talks between the two parties resume this week, according to reports.
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling
Several reports on Monday night claimed the England forward would inform club chiefs that he sees his future away from Anfield.
The reports said Sterling told Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in person before the 1-1 draw at Chelsea earlier this month that he wanted to leave. Liverpool declined to comment when contacted by PA Sport.
Sterling is under contract until 2017 and, if he opts not to sign a new deal, Liverpool will have to decide whether to cash in on one of their most prized assets or risk losing him for nothing at the end of his deal.
Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher was left seething as the reports came out. Carragher told Sky Sports 1: "The thing I don't like about it, for a 20-year-old kid to be taking on Liverpool FC over a contract, to the pit of my stomach it just angers me. It looks like a tactic to me to try to force the club's hand.
"I can't get out of my head a young kid and his agent trying to take the club on. You keep your mouth shut and get on with playing football. How will he be thought of?"
'Out of proportion'
Meanwhile, the agent of Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, Aidy Ward, said that media reports his client will ask to leave the club have been 'blown somewhat out of proportion'.
"The story has been blown somewhat out of proportion," Ward said in a statement sent to talkSPORT radio. "Raheem and his representatives have a meeting scheduled with Liverpool later this week, and we will take proceedings from there."
Sterling said in an interview with BBC Sport last month that his contract impasse was nothing to do with money, rather about his desire to win trophies.