Brendan Rodgers insists Raheem Sterling’s move to Manchester City to Liverpool was not as a result of money.
The England star made huge headlines in 2015 when making a controversial £49million move from Merseyside to Manchester, a then-record fee for an English player. Sterling, was 20 at the time, he started doing exploit under the care of Rodgers and had been a key figure just alongside Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard as Liverpool went so close to title glory back then in 2014.
When Liverpool lost Suarez to Barcelona after the 2014 World Cup, Liverpool fans believed Sterling’s appearance could help fill the gap but the Jamaican-born star, who made his Reds appearance under Rodgers when he was 17, decided to move on too.
The notion annoyed the home support and Sterling was blasted for being greedy, in tune they still strike up when he returns to Anfield in City colours. But Rodgers has a different take, knowing the move was down to footballing reasons. “For Raheem, it was never about money,’ Rodgers said toLiverpool Echo.
“If it was about money, he could have stayed at Liverpool. It was about being the best he can be.
He further stated “In that moment in time, there was an opportunity to go to where they had top-class players. He’s gone in there and developed and become a winner, which is clear to see now in his game.
“I look at Pep (Guardiola)’s team and it’s not the same if he’s not in it. What a confirmation that is to a young English player. “What I loved about Raheem was that, for a young boy, he knew what he wanted to be.
” Sterling wasn’t consistent finishing at Liverpool, just had 23 goals in 129 games played. But for City, he’s thrived in front of goal, bagging 25 goals last season and scoring 23 so far this term before shut for the Coronavirus outbreak. Despite the hostile reception he receives when playing at Anfield with City, Sterling says he wouldn’t rule out a return to Liverpool one day.
Stering stated: “Would I ever go back to Liverpool? To be honest with you I love Liverpool,” he said in a recent Q&A session on Instagram. “Don’t get it twisted, they are always in my heart. It’s a team that did a lot for me growing up so…”