LONDON – Raheem Sterling insists the complete breakdown in his relationship with boss Brendan Rodgers is the reason he wants to quit Liverpool.
The 20-year-old missed Wednesday training after calling in sick, is not expected to be in on Thursday either, says he will NOT go on the club’s looming pre-season tour with Rodgers and maintains he no longer want to play under the manager.
Mirror Sport can reveal angry fans turned up at Sterlingâ€™s HOUSE on Wednesday morning to threaten him.
He also woke up to find more than 2,000 abusive texts and 1,200 WhatsApp messages on his phone after his number was posted online.
Winger Sterling has changed his number THREE times in the past year but each time it has got into the public domain, leaving him believing it gets leaked by a rogue employee at the club.
The Redsâ€™ desperate bid to prevent him leaving for Manchester City has again exploded into open warfare.
Manager Rodgers is understood to have pleaded with Sterling, in a meeting on Wednesday, to remain at Anfield and put his bitter contract wrangle behind him.
The under-pressure Northern Irishman is believed to have assured Sterling that if the problem is financial then a deal can be reached to suit both parties.
Sterling, however, remains adamant he has kicked his last ball under the 42-year-old’s leadership and maintains he will not go on tour with Liverpool’s current boss. The England international claims Rodgers has continually broken promises to keep conversations private.
He is also convinced that it was the club that leaked his conversation with Rodgers about not wanting to go on tour, which the manager denies.
Sterling insists he would stay at Anfield if a different manager was in charge but believes there has been a gradual decline in his relationship with Rodgers since last season.
Rodgers has always maintained the pair have a close relationship.
But Sterling feels the former Swansea boss made a particular point of standing near him when photographers were allowed into training, so they would get pictures of the pair of them close together.
The player feels that trust has been broken on at least three occasions when private conversations have ended up in the public domain – particularly when Rodgers has apparently spoken openly about confidential contract details.
GettyBrendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool talks with Raheem Sterling during a training session at Melwood Training GroundSnap judgement: Sterling alleges Rodgers pals up to him at training for the cameras
Sterling is disappointed with the way some Liverpool fans have treated him on the back of what he sees as a cynical PR campaign by the club against him.
Man City have already had two bids turned down and a third offer is now not believed to be imminent – although when it DOES come it will be for less than the Â£50million the Anfield top brass want.
Liverpool were set to follow their usual practice of sending a doctor to check Sterling over, before deciding on their next actions.
Standard procedure in these cases is to have a thorough medical check, and the club must go through that process before they can decide on the wingerâ€™s fitness. – Mirror