Raheem Sterling has fallen out of favour after becoming embroiled in a contract row with Liverpool.
The 20-year-old is currently on international duty and is constantly in the media spotlight due to the recent saga. In England's 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland, Sterling was booed frequently with a lot of Liverpool's fanbase living in both countries.
Former Liverpool player John Aldridge feels sympathy for the winger, who has struggled for form since the turn of the year, and has pointed the finger of blame at his trusted representative Aidy Ward for the situation his client finds himself in.
“His agent has got to realise the predicament he has got this lad into," Aldridge told Alan Brazil on talkSPORT.
"The way he has gone about handling the situation with Raheem is pathetic.
"Look after the lad. This is a baby. He had a real good spell from November to February and the lad has since just disappeared up his own backside. Yesterday [for England] epitomised what he has come to.
“He is a baby, he is only 20 years of age, and he has lost everything going for him at this moment in time. And it is purely down to his agent.
"Surely the agent could have sat down and come to an amicable arrangement with Liverpool.
“This lad is still serving his apprenticeship as a footballer. He is better off where he is and his agent should see this.
“I feel sorry for the lad because obviously he knows the agent well, he believes everything he says, and he is leading him down the garden path.”
Aldridge has a point about Sterling being a youngster, who is turning down a huge contract offer at a club he is almost guaranteed regular football at.
Brendan Rodgers has helped the winger massively with his development by showing faith in his ability and we all know the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
If no further negotiations are scheduled and Liverpool lose any hope they have for Sterling, where next? Is there a top Premier League club that can guarantee him as much football as the Merseyside club? These are all questions the player and his agent need to be asking before playing hardball with the present club because it reflects badly on them - not Liverpool.