Sunday is as big as big games get. Liverpool face Manchester City at Anfield in the Premier League. The fixture, along with the reverse leg at the Etihad in April, is certain to determine the Premier League champions for 2019/20. This week Sky Sports reported that Real Madrid are chasing Raheem Sterling.
Sterling infamously forced through a £49m move from Liverpool to Man City in 2015. Since arriving at the Etihad, the England winger has gone from strength to strength. Last year, Sterling was named the FWA Player of the Year.
Playing under Pep Guardiola has done wonders for the 24-year-old. He is scoring more often, he has even notched two hat-tricks this season. Further to that his decision making has come on a lot since his time at Liverpool.
Sky Sports have reported that Real Madrid will offer Man City £70m plus Gareth Bale in order to secure a move for Raheem Sterling. Whilst many City fans have baulked at the figures quoted and a move seems unlikely to materialise in the near future, this story has come at just the right time for Liverpool.
The ex-Liverpool forward never plays well when he returns to Anfield. The atmosphere is hostile to say the least as Kopites let him know how they feel about the manner of his exit.
With Real Madrid sniffing around him in the run up to the season’s biggest game so far, Raheem Sterling is sure to be distracted by the reports. He is an ambitious player and would likely be open to a move to the Spanish giants at some point. To have the move dangled in front of him before travelling to Anfield could help Liverpool if he struggles to clear his head in time for the match.
Anfield itself does a good job of keeping Sterling quiet, fingers crossed Real Madrid have also done their bit.