Raheem Sterling told Brendan Rodgers that no amount of money will keep him at Liverpool because his concern lies with his management of the team, reports Sky Sports.
The 20-year-old has been widely tipped to leave Anfield this summer with Manchester City the likely destination.
However, after rejecting two sizeable transfer bids from the Citizens, Liverpool welcomed Sterling back to Melwood on Tuesday for the start of pre-season training.
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Sterling was due to return on Monday, but failed to report. He cited illness as a reason for his absence but came in yesterday to hold a meeting with Rodgers.
In that 25-minute chat, Rodgers told Sterling that he was keen to keep him at the club and was confident he could convince Liverpool chiefs to offer him a bigger deal than the £100,000-a-week he rejected earlier this year.
The promised insult bomb
However, Sterling told Rodgers that, contrary to the consensus, his desperation to leave has nothing to do with money but with his continued presence at the club.
We are of the understanding that Sterling is an outspoken young man and that trait has probably been encouraged further by his troublemaking agent Aidy Ward, but dropping a revelation like that during a private meeting goes below and beyond what many consider common decency.
But Rodgers would have probably respected the honesty from Sterling as it at least allows both parties to be crystal clear as to where they stand.
Nowhere to go
It seems only a change of manager will keep Sterling at the club now and Liverpool's owners probably see the manager as a more vital cog to their future plans than Sterling.
Sterling followed up that hurtful revelation by asking if he could be left out of Liverpool's pre-season tour in order to fast-track his potential move to Manchester City.
Liverpool leave for the Far East next Sunday and flying halfway around the world is likely to put a fly on the ointment of any deal.
Now he has made his position clear, taking him on tour, which is as much a team-building exercise as a chance to regain fitness, would certainly be detrimental for all parties.
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