Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged Raheem Sterling to "keep your mouth shut" and "get on with playing football" following reports that the starlet has demanded a move away from Merseyside.
The 20-year-old Sterling, who has two years remaining on his current contract, has rejected a bumper £90,000-per-week deal due to concerns over Liverpool's ability to challenge for silverware.
As a result, Carragher has criticised the youngster for showing a lack of respect to his former club.
"For a 20-year-old kid to be taking on Liverpool Football Club, there's nothing worse than that," he said on Monday Night Football.
"Forget his performances and forget how much money he wants, you just keep your mouth shut and get on with playing football."
Carragher also expressed frustration at Sterling's lack of justification for wanting to play for a side capable of challenging for trophies.
"The lad is from London and he obviously wants to go back home," he continued. "It may not be about money. It may be about trophies or playing in the Champions League.
"If it’s about trophies, last season Liverpool were close to winning the league. [They] had a chance for a trophy this year in the FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa. Where was Sterling?
"What did Liverpool do in the Champions League? Nothing. What did Sterling do? Nothing."
Should the England international ever force a move away from the Reds, the sought-after star certainly wouldn't be without options, with the Premier League's top four - Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United - all tracking his progress.
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have also expressed interest, though it is understood that Sterling would prefer to stay in England.