Liverpool: Raheem Sterling has been included in Liverpool’s 30-man squad for their pre-season tour of Thailand, Australia and Malaysia.
The English Premier League club named their squad for the tour on Saturday with the 20-year-old England striker included, but Italy forward Mario Balotelli was a notable omission.
Sterling’s involvement in the tour comes after he failed to report to the club’s Melwood base for pre-season work on Wednesday and Thursday, citing illness, before turning up on Friday.
It was reported that the striker had also asked manager Brendan Rodgers to be allowed not to travel on the club’s pre-season tour as question marks over his future with the Reds rumbles on.
Sterling has been the subject of two failed bids, the second reported to be worth £40million, from Manchester City and it is understood senior figures at the Etihad Stadium are continuing to monitor the situation at Anfield. It has been claimed that City are now poised to make a renewed bid of £50million, which would equal the Reds’ valuation.