Raheem Sterling has gone above and beyond to show that he no longer wants to play for Liverpool.
From allegedly feigning illness, telling the gaffer he doesn't like playing on his team, turning down contract offers and giving high-profile interviews to express his discontent. the England International has made his intentions completely clear, but has he gone too far?
Stamping his feet
He's certainly not the first, nor will he be the last player to show his discontent at being kept at a club he feels aren't meeting his expectations, but the way in which the 20-year-old has handled the situation some would say hasn't been professional.
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London-born Sterling hasn't really felt at home on Merseyside since he moved north from QPR's academy, however signing the Jamaican born and developing him Liverpool's academy truly turned the winger into one of their own.
Handed his senior debut in March 2012, Sterling made history as the third youngest player to play for the club, aged 17, and he progressed at an astronomical rate, showing versatility as a winger and also a lone striker when options were limited.
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His rapid improvement has caught the eye of high-profile suitors such as Man City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and French giants PSG. Man City are the only side who have made it clear on many occasions that they are interested in signing Sterling.
All these factors have contributed to a wantaway attitude from Sterling, and with the input of infamous agent Aidy Ward whispering into his ear, it's no doubt as to why he would want to move away to win trophies.
Becoming the man
Sterling has matured on the pitch incredibly, but the way in which he has handled his dissatisfaction has shown he is still a boy and the strops we have seen in recent weeks typify that.
Brendan Rodgers, on the other hand, has handled the situation with the utmost professionalism and has done what few have done before and put his foot down, adamant that Sterling would be playing for Liverpool next season immediately after the player turned down a contract offer.
A player should never be made to stay at a side against their will and abused by fans for 'wanting to fulfill their dreams of winning trophies' like Sterling was in an England friendly last month.
But in the same breath a player needs to show an air of respect for a club and the people who helped his progression which Sterling, recently, has not.
The ball keeps rolling
The transfer window goes on, with the situation getting more and more ridiculous as the days go on. Not turning up to training could be the result of an honest illness, but the reputation precedes Sterling and only gives the press more fuel for the fire.
The player's escape rope looks to be Man City, who are said to have agreed a deal with their Anfield counterparts. The story will surely take another spin before too long though, with Sterling looking more and more likely to force his move out having turned every Liverpool fan against him.
The wonderful thing about the transfer period is that nothing can be taken at face value and anything could happen. Just don't be surprised if the exploits of Sterling come back to bite the player, in this transfer window, or the next.
Liverpool fans, do you just simply want to get rid of Sterling at this point? Let us know in the comments box below.
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