Raheem Sterling appeared in Manchester City colours for the first time on Saturday, albeit while sat in the stands, and received the flak he should come to expect following his controversial transfer from Liverpool.
Sterling completed at £49 million move - a record for an English player - earlier this week and immediately left to join his new teammates on their pre-season tour of Australia once pen was put to paper.
While Sterling may be over 10,000 miles from home, he was still unable to get away from the ire of Liverpool supporters, understandably still seething for the way he forced his transfer away from Anfield.
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Manchester City began their trip Down Under with an encounter against Melbourne City and, as reported by The Mirror, the presence of Sterling was not greeted warmly by a section of support at the CBus Super Stadium.
The 20-year-old was a spectator for what was to be a narrow victory - with the game won by a late Samir Nasri volley - and, when his image appeared on the stadium’s big screens, was booed by the crowd.
Sterling had previously been Down Under with Liverpool and, as demonstrated by the incredible 95,000 turnout at the MCG in the summer of 2013, there are plenty of passionate Kopites in the Australian city.
This would explain why Sterling was the subject of fury during his return to the Melbourne, and things are unlikely to get easier for the England international when the Premier League campaign begins next month.
Manchester City host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on November 21, with the reverse fixture at Anfield on March 1. Expect a rough ride for Sterling on both occasions.
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