It’s been a tough couple of days for Raheem Sterling.
On Sunday, he returned to Liverpool with his Manchester City side for a massive title clash.
It’s fair to say Sterling isn’t exactly loved at Anfield following his unceremonious departure from the Merseyside club in 2015.
But despite looking threatening every time he received the ball, it was a very frustrating 90 minutes for Sterling as City lost 3-1.
Early in the match, it looked as though the ball would fall for him in the penalty area before Trent Alexander-Arnold’s hand got in the way. Referee Michael Oliver didn’t give a penalty and 10 seconds later, Liverpool were ahead.
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Sterling tried his best throughout but couldn’t stop Liverpool from storming into a 2-0 lead and then, after half-time, a 3-0 lead.
And he was also denied two penalties - once for going down under Sadio Mane’s push and once for kicking the ball at Alexander-Arnold’s hand from close range.
Then, there was his clash with Joe Gomez towards the end of the match.
Sterling’s anger lasted more than 24 hours and, after seeing Gomez in the players’ canteen at St George’s Park ahead of qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo, the City star reacted by trying to put the Liverpool defender in a headlock.
It left Gomez with a hefty scratch underneath his eye and Sterling being dropped from the squad for the qualifier against Montenegro.
Now, fan footage has emerged of the abuse he received from Liverpool fans during the game.
A video - titled ‘how Anfield rattled Sterling’ has emerged of the home fans giving Sterling a hostile reception every time he touched the ball as he could be seen getting more and more frustrated.
While Kopites will recognise that Sterling has furthered his career by joining City, they weren’t impressed with the way he left - by conducting unauthorised interviews and demanding more money.
Of course, that hatred for Sterling has only increased in recent years with City and Liverpool going head-to-head for Premier League titles.
But Sterling’s England teammate Danny Rose thinks the reception Sterling received on Sunday was more hostile than he’s witnessed before and may have played a role in his actions on Monday.
"It's probably the first time I have sat back and actually realised and took note of how much the Liverpool fans dislike him," Rose told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"I take that for granted whenever I'm watching Raheem. I think he just gets on with it and maybe it had a part to play in whatever happened."
After watching the video of how ‘Anfield rattled Sterling,’ it’s probably not surprising that Sterling was still frustrated 24 hours after that result.
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