Raheem Sterling has been criticised by Liverpool fans for his cheap comments about his former club after he was handed the Integrity and Impact Award at the BT Sport Industry Awards.
The 24-year-old completed a move worth £49million to Manchester City in 2015 and has since won the Premier League once and the League Cup twice.
While fans have never expected him to speak glowingly about Liverpool following his switch, it was also unexpected that he would make snide comments about the Reds either.
Sterling was rightly recognised for his bid to raise awareness about racism in football with the Integrity and Impact Award but showed a lack of class by using his speech to have a dig at Liverpool.
Asked about the pressures of this season’s intense Premier League title race, Sterling replied: “Any slip and you’ve got the Liverpool guys that can go on top and you don’t want.
“I don’t want that and I don’t think anybody wants that!”
Liverpool fans are used to being pitted against most other football supporters as a collective but it’s surprising that Sterling would fuel the anti-Liverpool rhetoric.
This rat @sterling7 joined Liverpool aged 14. Had a brilliant football education & got a crack at first team football & helped get him a £50m move to City.
Making jokes that no one wants Liverpool to win the league is exhibit 500 why he is a RAT! pic.twitter.com/vIRu76Do7o
— Dijkinho (@Dijkinho) April 26, 2019
Sterling can say what he likes but leaves himself open to ridicule should City not go on and win it https://t.co/0RVZ2n2Xao
— Akki (@Akki_SwagMan) April 26, 2019
“Any Liverpool fans that still don’t like Sterling are just bitter”
The guy doesn’t understand loyalty. He’s a United fan, from London, who was made at Liverpool, only to leave for Man City. He’s the sort of guy that would wear a half and half scarf pic.twitter.com/qWECf74e71
— Josh (@KloppStyle) April 25, 2019
Sterling making a “slip” joke at the expense of a team he was literally playing for when it happened, is weird
— matt (@mpklfc) April 26, 2019
Instead of pandering to the rest of the country for their acceptance and gratitude, why not show some respect to the club that made you? Get a grip, Raheem. https://t.co/93QWSuXhal
— Matt (@FalseFirmino) April 26, 2019
You were 15-years-old when you joined #LFC – Don't forget your roots, the people who developed you on and off the pitch – to help you become the player and man you are today. Stay classy lad, no need for the last comment! @sterling7 https://t.co/jFiRrobUBZ
— Carl Clemente (@clemente_carl) April 26, 2019
Liverpool fans will now be hoping that Manchester City or Sterling, in particular, can slip up and hand them the title.
If that does happen, this clip will forever be used against him and will be a prime example of why it’s best to let your football do the talking as he has done for the most part of the year.