Raheem Sterling departs Anfield with a sly dig at Liverpool playing staff

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Manchester City finally got their man.

Raheem Sterling signed for Manchester City from Liverpool earlier this week for a fee of £44million, plus add-ons which could take the fee to £49m depending on Sterling's performances at the Etihad.

The transfer makes 20-year-old Sterling the country's most expensive footballer ever.


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When the deal was finally concluded Sterling gave an interview, in which he thanked all and sundry at Liverpool FC for making him the player he was. Then he thanked his agent for making the move happen, before also also thanking his family.

Apparently Sterling's mother says he looks good in blue. Perhaps that's the main reason for the move. Oh, and of course his reported salary of £200,000-a-week.

Scripted interview?

It was fairly apparent from the interview he gave on Manchester City TV that most of what he said, he had obviously been told to say in the hope of smoothing over matters with his former club.

He even had the temerity to thank Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for giving him the opportunity to cement a place in the first team at Anfield. Only a few days ago it was reported that if Rodgers were sacked as manager of the Reds he would stay at the club.

Sterling is without doubt a hypocrite, and his actions and words over the last three or four months have shown that he is a spoilt individual who is unable to think for himself and blames everyone but himself when things go wrong.

The track record

Giving an unsolicited interview with the BBC, on the advice of his agent Aidy Ward, was an example of a bad move he's made recently. Pulling out of England international duty due to being tired was another.

At the age of 20 that is totally unacceptable. When the going got tough for Liverpool last season, where was Sterling, nowhere to be seen? Blaming a manager who did everything to help him, as the reason for him wanting to leave, is yet another example of poor form. The list is endless and I haven't even gone into detail about the shisha pipe and winter break.

possible dig?

Sterling then, could not resist having a sly dig at his former teammates when the transfer to City was completed. He stated that he was happy to be at the Etihad and have the chance to play alongside world-class players.

Presumably he means that the likes of Emre Can, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, amongst others, are just ordinary players not fit to lace his boots.

"The world-class players are here and a squad capable of winning things year in, year out," he said, as per Sky Sports.

"The more quality players that are around you, the more quality it brings out in you so I can’t wait to get started and play alongside them."

If I were one of the Liverpool playing staff, I would be counting down the days until he comes back to Anfield along with his new teammates, and would have great pleasure in reminding him what he said about me.

That is, of course if Manuel Pellegrini feels he is worth a starting place in City's starting XI for that game. Sterling is obviously very talented, of that there is no doubt, but he is not a nice person. He is toxic, he is being very badly advised and needs to do a lot of growing up very quickly.

Liverpool fans, are you looking forward to Sterling's return to Anfield with City? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.

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