Raheem Sterling must learn from Liverpool teammate James Milner

Published 3 Comments

Football News

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. 


Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article:


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.


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.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

James Milner
Raheem Sterling
Premier League
England Football

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again