Raheem Sterling's decision to join Manchester City shows the power of money

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Let us look at the Raheem Sterling move to City and try to work out why the move happened? 

Before getting down to pounds, shillings and pence let us look at the respective sizes of the clubs, with Liverpool having a global fan base only bettered, perhaps, by Manchester United.

Along with Real Madrid and Barcelona they make up the world's four most supported clubs with nobody else even in the picture.  I would imagine Bayern Munich would be next in line.


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Over the last couple of years, Liverpool played in places such as Boston, Melbourne and Chicago and the stadiums were a sea of red. 

In one of the American games they played City and, if my memory serves me correctly, the City fans filled a spot in the upper-reaches of one stand about the size of an average Mancunian chip shop. The singing of "You'll Never Walk Alone" by 93,000 fans was simply off-the-scale.

This year, Liverpool are playing several pre-season games in Thailand and Australia and they are all sold-out and could have been twice-over, such was the demand for tickets.

City are enjoying a spell with the oil-rich owners lavishing money on the club but, prior to that, they won almost nothing and they still rarely fill their own ground, let alone stadiums around the world.

The waiting list for season tickets at Anfield is huge whereas purchasing a season ticket at the Etihad shouldn't be a problem for this coming season.  You certainly wouldn't have a twenty year wait to get one, as at Anfield.

In the Champion's League last year, City played Roma, at home, and needed to win to stay in the competition.  The number of empty seats on plain view was a disgrace.  Had that been Liverpool, the ground could have been sold-out twice over, yet again.

Would any player go there because of their history? Would any player be swayed by their global appeal?

Look at their best players before the recent influx of money: Colin Bell, Francis Lee, Trevor Francis, Rodney Marsh and very little else. Compared to the wealth of talent who have played for Liverpool over the years this is a motley bunch indeed.

Compare their trophy room with the one at Liverpool that has five European Cups, three or more Europa League titles, eighteen league titles and 15 domestic cups.

Liverpool might be out of the Champions League this year but is that enough to make somebody want to ditch a club of this stature for a team who are in it this year, but who may not fill their ground every game and are almost unknown to football fans around the world?

Or could it be because of the £200,000 per week on offer at this oil-rich club compared to the £100,000 per week on offer at Liverpool?  To play for a team with many hundreds of millions of fans, around the world, or grab the dosh.

Raheem made his choice.  Good luck to him!

The new Liverpool players, currently on tour with the club for the first time, will be astonished at the levels of support the club has, simply astonishing. 

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