Raheem Sterling may have already played his last game for Liverpool after reports suggested he is unlikely to feature from the start at Stoke City this afternoon.
The Reds ace has been linked with a move away from Anfield this summer, with Manchester City leading the chase, and he seems to have burnt his bridges with a series of disagreements with the club's hierarchy.
But manager Brendan Rodgers continues to insist that Sterling is going nowhere - but City are increasingly confident of prising the 20-year-old away.
The Liverpool forward won the in-house Young Player of the Year award earlier in the week but, according to the Daily Mail, is expected to be left out of the team to start in Steven Gerrard's final ever match for the Merseyside club.
His agent, Aidy Ward, gave a controversial interview to the London Evening Standard on Thursday in which he said his client would not sign a new deal 'for £900,000-a-week'.
Rodgers said: "The ownership have shown strength in their time here. They have done an incredible job to stabilise the club. In this situation, they will show that strength and power to the club.
"The simple fact is Raheem has two years left on his contract."
With both the transfer fee and wages (over five years) likely to take the package beyond £80m, it is unlikely that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will follow through on his interest with a concrete offer.Reuse content