Merseyside Police have confirmed that they are investigating footage which appears to show Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley being punched in a Liverpool bar during the early hours of Monday morning.
The incident is said to have happened at around 1am, a matter of hours after Barkley played for the Toffees during their 4-2 Premier League victory over Leicester at Goodison Park.
“Merseyside Police is aware of footage online repeatedly showing an assault in a bar in Liverpool city centre,” said a police spokesperson.
“No report of an assault has been received but officers are making enquiries to establish the circumstances of the incident.”
Barkley, whose current Everton contract expires next year, is not thought to have been seriously injured in the incident, while no complaint has been made to police.
The 23-year-old’s lawyer has confirmed that Barkley had been involved in an incident with a stranger.
Barkley was told by Everton boss Ronald Koeman on Sunday that he needs to sign a new deal at the club or else he will be sold.