Is it really that big a deal?
Winger Raheem Sterling has struggled to keep himself out of the public spotlight, and unfortunately for us fans, none of the reasons for his continual reappearances in the media seem to be about performances on the pitch.
The 20-year-old has landed himself in hot water after becoming the latest Premier League star pictured smoking a shisha pipe. The snaps have come to light soon after he knocked back an incredibly lucrative contract at Anfield, and subsequently took part in an unsanctioned interview to explain his decision.
The Daily Mirror reported that smoking shisha is equivalent to knocking back 200 cigarettes.
Whether the case is as drastic as that, it is definitely a blow to our hopes of finishing the season strongly. The apparent disharmony following Sterling’s contract saga appeared to play a small part in the defeat to Arsenal, which in turn seemingly ended our hopes of a top four spot.
Here’s some of the mixed reactions on social media…
Raheem Sterling has been caught smoking shisha. He isn’t really helping himself at Liverpool now. pic.twitter.com/DdQkV8LdDv
— JustLFC (@JustLFC_) April 12, 2015
Tell ya….its not going to end well for Sterling & Liverpool. You don’t get yourself pictured smoking shisha by accident. ALL contrived.
— showmethemoney (@smtm_LFC) April 12, 2015
” Liverpool forward Sterling, 20, has been photographed smoking a shisha pipe during a night out with friends.” Scandal of the century!
— Jaygu (@Jay_Worrall) April 12, 2015
To quote John W Henry, if Sterling thinks he’s getting 150k now… What are they smoking over there. — AyJay (@AndrewJNicholls) April 12, 2015
Sterling smoking !! The Wilshere and Szczesny effect worked he wants to join pic.twitter.com/rJEqp8MWP8
— Arsenal Future (@madimaadi) April 11, 2015
PR machine is broken at Anfield. Who’s advising Sterling?!
— Wayne Barton (@yolkie_) April 12, 2015
See sterling dey smoke shisha the boy is getting high on arsenal or la liga. pic.twitter.com/Je9sv5iic0
— Dumebi Ndigwe (@sankhalifah) April 12, 2015