There has never been a greater time to walk out to the noise of the Anfield crowd. The home of the European champions is thriving with its current status as kings of Europe as the Merseyside cauldron claimed its latest victim.
Former Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling returned to his former home and it was to no surprise that the jeers of his former supporters got the better of the England international.
Sterling, 24, just days after the Anfield clash was involved in a national team bust-up with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez after the Red’s emerged 3-1 winners against the Premier League champions.
Reports from the Daily Mirror claim that Sterling was ‘agitated’ according to Gomez’s father Augustus. Boos from Kopites and chants of ‘there’s only one greedy b*****d’ appeared to get the better of the City winger following Sterling’s decision to leave the Reds back in 2015.
The former QPR youth-produced arguably his most impressive performance on Liverpool’s turf since his exit over four years ago. However, it wasn’t enough for Sterling to have any real influence on the match as Jurgen Klopp’s side once again got the better of the Citizens.
City are still winless at Anfield since 2003 and Liverpool’s 11th league victory of the season ensured the European champions are unbeaten in the league at Anfield since April 2017.
The defeat was Sterling’s fifth Anfield loss since he joined City and the £49 million winger has never scored at the home of the team that once used to sing his name.
Sterling isn’t the only player to fall victim to the power of Anfield. Better players have come and fallen at the feet of Kop following such a gruelling experience. Look no further than towards perhaps the greatest player of all-time in Lionel Messi who was left helpless following the humiliating 4-0 defeat in the Champions League semi-final second leg in May.
The finest player ever to grace the game was merely a bystander as Liverpool produced the greatest comeback in European history to go on to claim a sixth European Cup.
The Reds currently possess the best unbeaten home record in Europe’s top five leagues with Klopp and his team unbeaten on Merseyside in the league for over two years.
Anfield has never felt more exciting as it has intimidating for travelling opponents. Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ have struck a fear into their rivals that has failed to exist since the early 1980s. With a team operating at such devastating levels it remains to be seen if anyone can get the better of the Reds when they are playing in the fortress of their home ground.