Why I left Liverpool for Man City – Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling says his desire to win the Premier League fuelled his desire to leave Liverpool for Manchester City.
The 24-year-old left Anfield in 2015 for around £49million in somewhat controversial circumstances, but has since gone on to be successful in Manchester.
And the England international in a recent interview that winning the Premier League title was at the forefront of his thinking when he pushed for a switch to the Etihad.
“When I got into Liverpool I said if I haven’t won the Premier League by the time I’m 21 I need to look at my options and see what I’m doing there,” Sterling told GQ magazine (via The Mirror).
“I put that into place from a young age. And I came to City and won my first Premier League.
“It’s just good to know what I’ve set out to do – what we’ve set out as a team to do – is going as planned.”
On suggestions that he moved to City purely for financial reasons, he added:
“There was a point when I left Liverpool I actually thought, “Why should this little black kid have this money?”
“That’s at one point how I felt, the stories that were coming out…Why should he?”
Sterling also praised the impact of boss Pep Guardiola, who he says makes him want to do better as a player.
“He has challenged me, never let me be comfortable,” Sterling said. “Every year he has bought a new winger.
“So for me it’s like, “Cool. OK. I’ve done OK.” And now, the last season, he’s just got another one.
“He’s demanding, but it’s good. It makes you want to do better and – I don’t know how to explain this – makes you want to prove to him and show him every time you go on the field you’re playing for your position in his team, because of the numbers we have and the quality we have as well.”