Lifting the Premier League trophy last weekend must have been such a sweet feeling for Raheem Sterling.
The 23-year-old made the difficult decision to leave Liverpool for Manchester City in 2015, despite knowing how much abuse he would receive for making the move.
It would have been the easiest decision in the world for Sterling to stay put and sign a new contract, in order to keep all those associated with Liverpool Football Club happy, but the youngster was convinced he would stand a much better chance of winning major honours at the Etihad Stadium.
Sterling got his move, with City shelling out £49 million for his services, and most Liverpool fans still haven’t forgiven him.
Although the number of snake emojis in the replies of his social media posts has decreased over the past couple of years, they’re still very much present.
However, three years after his transfer and Sterling’s decision now looks completely justified.
The winger sealed his first Premier League winners’ medal last weekend and has improved significantly under Pep Guardiola.
What Carragher said about Sterling in 2015
In 45 appearances this term, Sterling has scored a magnificent 23 goals - 18 of which have come in the Premier League.
The England international has taken his game to a new level at the Etihad and is determined to continue improving. This is a focused professional who wants to fulfil his huge talent and potential.
Following his maiden Premier League triumph, a thread of what some ex-Liverpool players were saying about Sterling back in 2015 has emerged - and it now looks rather awkward.
Jamie Carragher said: "For a 20-year-old kid to be taking on Liverpool Football Club over a contract. To the pit of my stomach that just winds me up, it angers me. If you want trophies, they don’t get given to you, you have to earn them, you have to play well in big games."
He wasn’t “taking on” Liverpool over a contract, Jamie, he just wanted to join City.
He wanted trophies and he’s achieved that by leaving Liverpool.
What other Liverpool legends said about Sterling
John Barnes commented: "So I said for Raheem’s sake that he should forget the money and should have stayed at Liverpool for himself to improve, where he’s not being judged as a £50m player who’s earning £180,000 a week."
Phil Thompson had this to say: "Raheem Sterling is a good player. He is not a great player. He has done well for Liverpool but he is not the superstar that he perceives himself to be. He has far too high an opinion of himself."
While Steven Gerrard said: "The frustration for me would be if he goes to another club and became a squad player and didn't get the chance to progress. That is the risk."
Like we said: awkward.
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