Photo: Liverpool rebel Raheem Sterling smiles in official 2015/16 Reds portrait, despite tour claims

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling's future remains a big talking point.

Raheem Sterling appears happy enough as he poses for his individual portrait for Liverpool's 2015/16 season.

Whether the picture ever gets used in club and Premier League material and merchandise is another matter, with his future still an issue of contention.

Despite attending pre-season training on time, Sterling is refusing to sign a new contract, and fresh developments reported by The Guardian claim he has told Liverpool he does not want to fly out on the club's pre-season tour to the Far East and Australia.

Sterling and Liverpool are scheduled to fly out on Sunday, but The Guardian report Sterling has informed manager Brendan Rodgers he does not want to be involved in the two week tour.

The winger is attempting to force through a transfer with Manchester City strongly interested, with The BBC previously reporting they have had two bids rejected already.

What happens next is of intrigue, but Liverpool have dealt with drawn out sagas like this before, as seen with Luis Suarez.

Sterling's option is to go on strike if Liverpool refuse to accommodate his request, but if he is told he must go on tour, his photo indicates he will smile and go along with it if the club enforce their will.

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