Daniel Sturridge caused a stir on Twitter in the early hours of Friday morning after posting a cryptic tweet which has divided Liverpool supporters.
“Show me love and I’m loyal…” Sturridge tweeted - a comment many believe is a reference to his teammate Raheem Sterling.
The majority of Liverpool fans on Twitter appear to have taken this as a pop at Sterling and his lack of commitment, but others believe the England international is actually showing solidarity with his under-fire teammate.
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Sturridge may have been hinting that Sterling would be staying put at Anfield if he had the full support of Brendan Rodgers, the fans, his teammates and club legends.
It’s understood that Sterling’s relationship with Rodgers has broken down, while the likes of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have recently come out and criticised the 20-year-old in the press.
What did Daniel Sturridge really mean?
Alternatively, Sturridge may have been hinting that Sterling owes it to Liverpool to show more loyalty to the Reds after all they have given him over the past few years.
Rodgers gave him the platform to showcase his talents and helped him develop into the player he is today.
Sterling desperate to Man City move
Sterling, who controversially missed training twice this week through illness, wants to leave Anfield before the Reds fly out to Bangkok for the start of their pre-season tour on Sunday.
Manchester City are lining up a third bid - which will be closer to Liverpool’s £50 million asking price - although the chances of a deal being completed by the end of the weekend are extremely slim.
Sterling has made it clear to Rodgers that he does not want to go with the rest of the Liverpool squad to South-East Asia and Australia, and an intriguing power battle is set to ensue.
If Liverpool accept City’s third - and potentially final - offer by Sunday then Sterling will be spared the awkwardness of travelling thousands of miles with his teammates and Rodgers for the pre-season tour.
Rodgers went through something similar with Luis Suarez two summers ago and ended up keeping the Uruguay international, against all the odds, for another season.
It would, however, require an even more dramatic turnaround for Liverpool to keep the wantaway Sterling at Anfield.
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