Raheem Sterling booed

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling has been named as the club’s Young Player of the Year, but was booed by a small number of fans as he collected his award.

The 20-year-old forward received the accolade 24 hours after it emerged that he will ask to leave to club.

But while some fans jeered, others shouted: “Stay, Raheem.”

The England international is expected to tell manager Brendan Rodgers and chief executive Ian Ayre on Friday that he wants to leave Anfied this summer.

Speaking at the event, Rodgers said it had been a “difficult, trying season”.

He added: “A number of distractions that we couldn’t have planned for have made it difficult, but the players have given everything.”

Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 22, was voted Player of the Season.

Sterling rejected a new £100,000-a-week contract in April but denied being a “money-grabber”  in a BBC Sport interview, adding: “I talk about winning trophies throughout my career. That’s all I talk about.”

The forward told Rodgers he wants to leave before Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea game on 10 May, but it is understood the Reds want to keep the player, whose deal ends in 2017.

Should Sterling be made available, Manchester City are the frontrunners for his signature but a number of leading European clubs have also expressed an interest.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to be drawn on whether he would make a bid.

Several former Liverpool players have criticised Sterling and his representatives.

Former Reds striker Emile Heskey said Sterling would be “denying himself the opportunity to grow and develop into a top player” if he left, and that Liverpool should “try as hard as they can” to persuade him to stay.