Raheem Sterling.

Raheem Sterling has statistically improved since joining Manchester City

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Raheem Sterling is not a popular man around Liverpool. The England international's £49 million summer switch to Manchester City still leaves a bitter taste in the mouth of some Reds fans.

The way Sterling and his agent Aidy Ward went about forcing through a move to the Etihad caused anger and frustration at Anfield - the 20-year-old has since admitted he is disappointed with how it unfolded. 

Many Liverpool fans were quick to blast the Jamaican-born winger for what they saw as money-grabbing. However, stats released by the boffins at EA Sports show he has improved since joining the blue side of Manchester.


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At this point last season, Sterling had played 12 games for Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool. He had scored three goals from 17 shots - 11 of them on target - in a total of 1003 minutes. 

But in one less game under Manuel Pellegrini, the former QPR academy product has scored four goals from the same amount of shots - on and off target - but has played a significantly less amount of minutes. 

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The Three Lions star has also improved his passing. He has completed more passes in the opposing half while also increasing his overall pass completion percentage.


His work rate has also marginally improved, along with his number of sprints per 90 minutes. 



Sterling has much less responsibility on his shoulders at Manchester City then at Liverpool, and it is showing in his performances.

At Anfield, he was tasked with being the Merseyside club's main source of creativity, whereas he can blend into the mix at the Etihad.

There is no doubt about it, Sterling is becoming a better player in Manchester and was right to move away from Anfield, how he did it, on the other hand, may have been different.

With Manchester City currently sitting top of the Premier League, through to the knockout stages of the Champions League and into the quarter-finals of the League Cup, his decision looks justified.

Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Official Player Rating Index of the Barclays Premier League


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