Liverpool currently find themselves in a fierce battle with Manchester City for the Premier League title. An elusive piece of silverware could be heading Jurgen Klopp’s way this season, with the Champions League also providing a potential route to glory.
Klopp has built arguably one of Europe’s best attacks since taking over at Anfield as the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have dominated in recent years.
But, some fans may be slightly disappointed that the club let one particular player leave back in 2015, as Manchester City secured the services of Raheem Sterling for a reported £49 million.
However, the Englishman doesn’t feel disappointed in the slightest as he’s very pleased with how things have turned out at Manchester City, as he had this to say (as per Sky Sports):
“When I was there I did feel a lot more pressure than when I’m here, with matchdays and the fans. I think that they get to us a little bit. We were in control and we had the opportunity to see it through but we didn’t do that.
“Here we’re completely focused on each game and trying to win each game as it comes. It’s a complete different scenario from last year – last year we were a bit more comfortable towards this point of the season.”
Sterling joined Liverpool from QPR in February 2010 for an initial fee of £600,000 and went on to make his debut aged 17. He enjoyed a very successful time of things at Anfield, producing 23 goals and 25 assists in 129 appearances. Many fans will remember him for his pace and excitement on the field, as well as one of his standout seasons when he played a big part in Liverpool’s pursuit of the Premier League title under Brendan Rodgers.
But, the constant pressure on his shoulders during his time on Merseyside clearly got to him and he was often relied on as one of the leading figures in the side under Rodgers, so any bad performances were often criticised.
It’s safe to say that moving to the Etihad was the right decision as he now finds himself playing with players who are just as good, if not better than he is, which has forced him to raise his game. He’s clearly enjoying his football more and Pep Guardiola gives him the licence to roam free at times, which has seen him cause problems from a number of different areas. Sterling’s quick passing game and sharp runs in behind are much better suited at Manchester City with their current batch of world-class midfielders constantly looking to feed the ball in behind.
Liverpool fans – Thoughts?