Raheem Sterling has been caught inhaling laughing gas in a video posted by The Sun.
This is the second time in only a week where the Liverpool forward has caused controversy after he was pictured smoking a shisha pipe in the Sunday Mirror.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has acted on the video and has subsequently said Sterling will be given a stern talking to on being a professional.
“For me, it is something that when you are a professional sportsperson at the top, I don’t think it is something you should be doing.” Rodgers said.
“It’s as simple as that. But I will speak to him. We want players here who are super professional and focused on their football. He very much is.
“I will speak to Raheem on that. Until then, it is something we will deal with internally.”
Sterling refused a new contract at the Merseyside club which was believed to be worth around £100,000 a week.
SACRIFICES TO BE MADE
The 20-year-old winger scored the opener in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle on Monday.
Sky Sports Pundit and former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher defended Sterling whilst on MNF:
“You make mistakes at that age, I did, we all do. It’s just important that we learn from them. Raheem Sterling needs to be on the back pages, not the front pages.
“He’s one of Liverpool’s best attacking players, but forget the contract and money, the best way to prove your worth and keep the fans off your back is to just perform. Play well.
“Don’t tell people how good you are, show them,” he added.
“I couldn’t be doing stuff any other 18 or 19 year-old was doing. I knew I had to make changes, to ensure being the best I could be.”
Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide as it is formally known as, is legal in Britain- however it has proved to be fatal in the past. Since 2006 there have been 17 deaths associated with the misuse of the drug.
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