Raheem Sterling has been charged with assaulting a woman.
The 18-year-old winger from Woolton, Liverpool, was summonsed to Liverpool Youth Court on a charge of common assault.
Sterling did not attend the hearing in person but his solicitor stated that he denies the charge.
He said the alleged offence took place when the footballer was a minor at 17 but, as he turned 18 in December, the matter should be transferred to the adult courts.
Solicitor Mick Hogan said: “I do have instructions to the effect that Mr Sterling will be pleading not guilty to this charge.”
“He is aware of today’s hearing and the club are very supportive.”
The move to the adult courts was supported by the prosecution and Chairman of the Bench Brian Upton adjourned the matter to Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on 22 February.