Liverpool's Raheem Sterling.

Liverpool, England – Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has been charged with assaulting a woman.

Police say the 27-year-old woman, who is known to the footballer, was slightly injured during the incident in November in the northern city of Liverpool.

The 18-year-old Sterling, who made his England debut in November, did not attend a hearing at Liverpool Court on Friday. But Sterling's lawyer, Mick Hogan, said that the player denies the allegation and will be pleading not guilty.

Despite the alleged offence taking place when Sterling was 17, the case is being moved to the adult courts and it was adjourned until February 22.

Hogan says Liverpool are “very supportive”. – Sapa-AP