Photo: Raheem Sterling back in training for Liverpool

Raheem Sterling is back in Liverpool colours.

Liverpool midfielder Raheem Sterling is fulfilling his contractual obligations, turning up for the club's first day of pre-season training.

Normally a player simply attending a training session is not particularly noteworthy, but in Sterling's case, he was a notable figure.

Despite the presence of new signings Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner, Sterling was the player the media wanted to see in attendance, due to his ongoing contract wrangle with the club.

The midfielder is refusing to sign a new deal, with a very public fallout between his agent and the football club over the issue.

Manchester City are widely reported to want to sign the England international, and The Star reported last night that the club are determined to sign him before July is out.

There was good news for the attacker last night also, with SkySports reporting the findings of a recent study which valued Sterling as the most valuable player in Europe aged 21 or under, ahead of Manchester United signing Memphis Depay.

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