Raheem Sterling left Liverpool for Manchester City to become the best player he could be – not because of the money.
That’s according to his former manager atLiverpoolBrendan Rodgers, who has heaped praise on the England international.
Sterling sparked uproar on Merseyside back in 2015 when he put pen to paper with the Citizens after completing a £49million switch.
He was one of Liverpool’s best players at the time, but Sterling saw the opportunity to win silverware at the Etihad and pushed through a move.
Five years on and the forward has won two Premier League trophies with Man City, and Rodgers has suggested he made the right decision back in 2015.
“For Raheem, it was never about money. If it was about money he could have stayed at Liverpool. It was about being the best he can be,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
“In that moment in time, there was an opportunity to go toManchester Citywhere 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.
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“I look at Pep’s team and it’s not the same if he’s not in it. What a testament 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.
“When I ask young players what is it that they want to achieve, he wanted to be one of the best players in the world, at that age. That was where he was unique, because sometimes the British players may not have that ambition. But that was all he wanted to be.”