Liverpool media round-up: Third bid from Manchester City for Sterling, Gerrard wades into row

Raheem Sterling

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Manchester City are set to make a third bid for Raheem Sterling, according to reports in the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail.

The Mail says that City have not been put off by what has happened with the winger this summer and are preparing for a third bid after having two previous big-money offers rejected.

The Mirror reports that it will be a final approach for the 20-year-old, which will be an initial outlay of £40 million, with another £5 million in add-ons. 

They also report that members of the Liverpool squad are upset by the way that Sterling has gone about things this summer as tries to force a move away from Anfield.

Sterling has missed the past two days of pre-season training after phoning in sick, while stories have emerged saying that he wants to leave because he doesn't want to work with manager Brendan Rodgers any more - as reported by the Guardian.

He is also reported to have asked not to go on the club's pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia as part of his attempts to force a move elsewhere.

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has had his say on the situation after linking up with his new teammates at LA Galaxy.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Gerrard says that Sterling should be handling the situation a lot better than he currently is.

He 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.

"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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