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Raheem Sterling played no part in the tie.

Liverpool earn £300,000 thanks to Raheem Sterling transfer clause

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When Kevin De Bruyne sealed Manchester City's passage past Paris Saint-Germain and into the club's first Champions League semi-final, it is fair to say that few Liverpool fans would have been cheering.

Apart from the fact that an English club has forced its way into Europe's elite final four, there was little for the Anfield faithful to be thankful for. Of course, they have their own European campaign to worry about, albeit in Uefa's second-tier contest.

But the money men at the Merseyside club would have been ecstatic with the Belgian's sumptuous curling effort. That is because, according to The Telegraph, the win meant a £300,000 cheque – or bank transfer – was heading in their direction.

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Raheem Sterling did not play a part in the quarter-final tie. He continues to recover from a groin injury sustained during last month's Manchester derby.

That doesn't matter to Liverpool though, who inserted a Champions League performance clause into the £49million deal that took the England international from Anfield to the Etihad last summer.

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The clause earns Liverpool lump sums as the Citizens progress through the competition. Reaching the semi-finals took the total payment up to £300,000, but that figure will skyrocket if City manage to win the trophy.

The deal

After it became clear that Sterling would not renew his contract at Liverpool, the transfer committee pushed hard for their £50m asking price and very nearly got every penny of it from their big-spending Premier League rivals.

Although the deal was reported to be worth £49m, the upfront figure was actually £44m with another £5m made up in clauses. Obviously, some of those clauses are already being met and Liverpool are confident that the entire fee will eventually be handed over.

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Sterling's season

Sterling's groin injury was a low point in what has been an up-and-down first season at Manchester City. Although he is way ahead of schedule in his recovery and could be back in the squad soon, his position within the starting XI is in some doubt. He has 11 goals for City across all competitions this season but has only scored twice since the turn of the year.

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Guardiola factor

He will have to work hard to convince new manager Pep Guardiola that he is worth a place in his side. The Spaniard is expected to ring in the changes upon his summer arrival and it is not yet clear who he values and who he does not.

As a quick, hard-working, technical winger, Sterling should, in theory, be perfect for Guardiola's system, but there is no guarantee he will be given the time to prove it.

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