Liverpool have rejected two bids from Manchester City for the 20-year-old since the end of last season – the second believed to be around £40m – and he arrived at Melwood just after 9am on Monday morning along with several of the club’s new summer signings.
Sky Sports News HQ understands Chelsea are also interested in Sterling but are not prepared to meet Liverpool’s £50m valuation of the player, although manager Brendan Rodgers remains adamant he is not for sale.
Sterling’s future will be thrown into sharp focus again next week when the club flies out to Thailand for their pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia.
The former QPR trainee, who is under contract until 2017, has turned down the offer of a new deal said to be worth £100,000 per week but has maintained throughout negotiations that his issue is not about money.
In April, in an interview not sanctioned by the club, Sterling stated he did not want to be viewed as a “money-grabbing 20-year-old”.