Jamie Carragher has criticised Raheem's Sterling's advisor's over the publication of a story which suggested the Liverpool attacker is biding his time over a new contract at Anfield in the hope that he might seal a move to Real Madrid.
In his column in Saturday's Daily Mail, Carragher said that the story, also printed in the Mail, was the last thing which Liverpool need going in to Saturday's game against West Brom.
On Friday morning, when I saw the back page of this newspaper, I was sent into a rage. A headline reading ‘Kop fight to keep Sterling’ was not what was needed before a game of huge significance for Liverpool.
The reason for my fury was the timing of this particular story. Whoever has let it be known that Sterling is in no rush to commit his future to Liverpool has made a massive mistake.
Carragher was fairly pointed in his belief that the story stemmed from Sterling's advisors. The former Liverpool captain made the clear implication that Sterling's advisors have either planted the story to squeeze more money from the Anfield club, or they are sending out notice that Sterling is available for transfer should a big enough club come calling.
If anyone around me had put out a story like that about me during my career, never mind the day before a game, our relationship would have been over. My agent, certainly, wouldn’t have done anything like that and I would never have allowed that, even if he had wanted to.
What particularly frustrates is that it isn’t the first time we’ve seen stories about Sterling — who has been linked with Real Madrid — and his contract. He is one of Europe’s finest young players, a star in the making, but he is old enough to have his own voice and put a stop to things like this happening.