Brendan Rodgers has criticised Raheem Sterling saying the young forward’s behaviour was unbecoming of a professional sportsman, after footage emerged of him inhaling nitrous oxide.
The England international was pictured smoking a shisha pipe and images have now emerged of him appearing to pass out having allegedly taken the legal high.
The Sun newspaper has footage reportedly showing Sterling inhaling the substance.
— The Sun (@TheSun) April 14, 2015
The Liverpool manager says he will speak to Sterling about the incident.
“When you are professional sportsperson at the top level of the game, I don’t think it is something you should be doing. It is as simple as that,” Rodgers said. “But I will speak to him and see what he says about it.
“I want players here who are super-professional and focused on their football and I know he very much is. Young players will make mistakes but as long as they learn from them, that is important.”
Sterling opened the scoring for Liverpool in their 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday, and Rodgers insisted the recent furore over his behaviour had not affected the 20-year-old’s form.
“You can see by the way he plays [that it is not]. He is a kid who is very strong willed and strong minded,” said Rodgers. “He should have had a hat-trick tonight. His performance was outstanding. Him and Philippe Coutinho were at a world-class level.”
Sterling certainly took his goal well, but a miss later in the game, suggested that the affects of the nitrous oxide had not completely left his system.