Steven Gerrard tells Raheem Sterling to 'be a man' about his Liverpool future

Steven Gerrard talks to SSN HQ's Vinny O'Connor and has criticised Sterling's behaviour

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has criticised Raheem Sterling's behaviour and told him to 'be a man' about his future.

Sterling, who has made no secret of his desire to leave Anfield this summer, is understood to have missed pre-season training for a second time on Thursday and refused to be part of the club's pre-season tour to the Far East.

Sky sources understand the 20-year-old forward no longer wants to work with manager Brendan Rodgers - something the club strongly denies.

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Image: Gerrard was officially unveiled as an LA Galaxy player this week

But, in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News HQ from new club LA Galaxy, Gerrard accused Sterling of letting down Liverpool's supporters.

Gerrard 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.

Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling
Image: Gerrard has been critical of Sterling's absence from training

"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.”

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Liverpool have already rejected two bids - of up to £40m - from Manchester City for Sterling and Rodgers remains keen to keep the player.

Sterling is under contract with the Reds until 2017 but his relationship with the club has deteriorated since he turned down the opportunity to sign an improved deal in January.

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling
Image: Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling celebrate

Since then he has given an interview, unsanctioned by the club, in which he stressed he was not "a money-grabbing 20-year-old".

His agent Aidy Ward subsequently added fuel to the fire by insisting Sterling would not sign a new contract "for £900,000-a-week".

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