It was one of our greatest betrayals of the modern day. Well the greatest betrayal since the last great betrayal. Raheem Sterling forced a move to Manchester City in 2015. The English winger left Anfield for the Etihad in a deal worth £49m.
We lost the future Ballon d’Or winner to our greatest competitive rivals of the coming years.
The transfer opened up old, Fernando Torres shaped wounds. The striker left the Reds for arch nemesis Chelsea in January 2011. The British record deal cost the Stamford Bridge club £50m. El Niño kicked Merseyside in the teeth with his comments that he left Anfield to sign for “one of the top clubs in the world”.
Now that the dust has settled on both moves, there is a stark difference between how the pair of traitors are remembered. The Kop has somewhat forgiven Fernando. There are Atletico Madrid caps worn around Anfield on a regular basis. On happy nights, the Torres song is still sung. Sterling however is greeted with nothing but sheer hatred. Why? The answer is simple: Raheem Sterling has become a world-class footballer.
When Torres left Liverpool, his career nosedived. He lost it. Whatever it is. He managed just 20 league goals in 110 Chelsea games. Sterling has gone on to be a phenomenal player. He is certain to win a Ballon d’Or in his career.
We simply cannot stand the fact that he left us to grow and win trophies and he has done exactly that. We were praying for his move to be a mistake. We despise Sterling because he was world-class after leaving, we pitied Torres because he wasn’t.