After allegedly trying to force Liverpool to sell him to Manchester City by asking not to join their first-team tour and missing training through what he claimed was illness; Raheem Sterling would be well-advised to follow in the footsteps of his teetotal teammate James Milner and prove his professionalism.
England winger Sterling has previous with regards to controversial behaviour. In two separate incidents this April, he hinted his desire to leave Liverpool in an interview with the BBC and was pictured holding a shisha pipe and filmed passing outafter inhaling nitrous oxide.
Posting on KICCA, former Liverpool and England centre-back Jamie Carragher warned that trying to force a move to City may put Sterling in danger of picking up a negative reputation for his attitude.
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MILNER'S MODEL ATTITUDE
Few can blame Sterling for his ambition to win titles, but Milner is proof that this can be done without making a bad name for oneself.
The 29-year-old handed in a transfer request himself while at Newcastle United, eventually being sold to Aston Villa. However, then Newcastle manager hailed Milner's "impeccable" behaviour at the time and described him as a "fantastic professional".
A versatile winger with 54 England caps, Milner went on to win two Premier League titles in five seasons at Manchester City before joining Liverpool this summer.
LEARNING FROM THE BEST
He was only 22 years old at the time of his 2008 transfer to Villa and was almost undoubtably driven by a similar desire to succeed to that of 20-year-old Raheem Sterling today.
However, as Sterling risks dragging his name through the mud; perhaps it is a good time to listen to a player who - despite his success - is arguably most famous for having a positive attitude.
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