Speedster has already been in trouble with the police on a number of occasions in his brief Reds career.
Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers has warned young wide man Raheem Sterling to start knuckling down and focussing on his career at Anfield, or else face the prospect of missing out on the “remarkable opportunity he has at one of the biggest clubs in the world”, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The exciting England international saw charges for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend dropped by Liverpool Magistrates Court last week after the case against him collapsed.
And now his manager at Anfield has told the 18-year-old to get his head down and start to refocus on his Reds career after making an eye-catching start to the previous campaign under the Northern Irishman’s guidance.
Rodgers, who at the time had just taken over from previous boss Kenny Dalglish on Merseyside, threw Sterling straight into the first team this time last year, with the pacy winger shining in a Liverpool team that at the time was struggling badly for form and confidence.
However, after a fine run in the team in the first half of last season, Sterling’s form fell away badly after Christmas, and Rodgers has now told his young starlet that it is now time to start reproducing again on the field of play.
“He needs to have a clear mind in everything in his life,” said Rodgers. “We mustn’t forget he is 18. We have 18 and 17-year-olds on the bench at the moment. He needs to stabilise his life.
“He needs to understand the remarkable opportunity he has at one of the biggest clubs in the world and focus everything on his career.
“Once he does that and he is clear in his mind, once he has got no distractions, we can get to the level of performance of the first four to five months of last year.
“He is a good boy and had lots going on last year when he was put in the spotlight and he did well, but now it’s about him focusing on his football.”