Raheem Sterling is ready to face his former club Liverpool, in the Capital One Cup final.
Speaking after the second leg of Manchester City's semi-final with Everton, Sterling insisted that the final will be "strictly business"; however, his reunion will certainly add an extra edge to the game on February 28.
The 21-year-old left Anfield last summer in acrimonious circumstances, insisting that a move to Manchester would give him a greater chance of winning major trophies.
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After the final whistle of City's 3-1 win over Everton, Sterling was quick to try and diffuse any tension surrounding his impending reunion with his former club.
He commented to Sky Sports: "We'll meet in the final and may the best team win on the day".
The sides have already met once this season when Liverpool, under manager Jurgen Klopp, pulled off a shock 4-1 victory at the Etihad; however, the even ticket allocation at Wembley will make for a more hostile atmosphere for the England winger.
The Londoner is not remembered fondly at Anfield, after reportedly turning down a £100,000-a-week contract to stay at Liverpool last season, before completing a £49 million move to City last summer.
Prior to the completion of the move, Sterling's equally unpopular agent Aidy Ward had publicly declared that even £900,000-a-week wouldn't convince his client to re-sign with Liverpool, then under Brendan Rodgers.
Fittingly, Sterling was at the centre of controversy again on Wednesday night when he seemed to take the ball beyond the byline, before crossing for Kevin de Bruyne to equalise the tie on aggregate.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez in reference to the incident subsequently slammed the result as "hurtful and unfair". He added: "it was a clear decision. The ball is out of play and the second goal affected the outcome too much."
Following the semi-final win, City are still fighting for silverware on four separate fronts, with a trip to Aston Villa next up in the FA Cup fourth round.
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