Raheem Sterling just cannot seem to get Liverpool out of his head following his latest comments regarding the Champions League holders and English champions-elect.
The Manchester City winger has told AS Sport that Pep Guardiola’s players are not treated with the same respect as Liverpool’s.
The comments come amidst the PFA Player of the Year awards with Liverpool seemingly likely to dominate the nominations following their record-breaking 2019/20 campaign.
No Manchester City player has won the prestigious award since its origin with Liverpool having won the award for the previous two seasons.
Virgil van Dijk currently holds the award with Mohamed Salah claiming the prize the previous year. The 2020 accolade is expected to go to Merseyside yet again with the likes of Van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane heavily tipped to win the accolade.
Kevin de Bruyne is the only likely candidate outside Anfield to stand a chance at winning the Player of the Year award following another glowing individual season for the Belgium international.
The former Chelsea talisman has an incredible eight goals and 17 assists in the Premier League this season despite City currently trailing league leaders Liverpool by a gargantuan 22 points.
And teammate Sterling feels that City players do not gain the same category of respect as some of City’s counterparts.
“Everyone can see it,” Sterling said. “It is impossible that we win the Premier four or five times without the Player of the Year. This year Liverpool will win and surely the Player of the Year winner will be one of their players. We are not treated with the same respect.”
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Sterling just cannot help himself when it comes to Liverpool.
The former Merseyside star has admittedly taken his game to another level since trading Anfield for the Etihad Stadium in 2015 but to claim City are not treated with the same respect is nothing shy farcical.
While City have dominated English football considerably over the previous five years, it is worth noting that despite winning the Premier League, it doesn’t mean the victorious team should be a certainty for the individual awards as well.
In 2014, Yaya Toure would have been a deserving winner of the famous PFA Player of the Year accolade bt unfortunately for the former Barcelona powerhouse he was up against Luis Suarez who was a freak of nature in terms of consistency during Liverpool’s title push under Brendan Rodgers in the 2013/14 campaign.
Kevin de Bruyne would have been another worthy recipient in 2018, but again, the Belgian was pipped to the award by Mohamed Salah who registered an absurd 44 goals in his inaugural season for the Reds.
Meanwhile, last season saw UEFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk inspire Liverpool to a 97-points haul as well as the club’s sixth European Cup triumph. The Dutchman even came second – behind Lionel Messi – for the Ballon d’Or as Jurgen Klopp’s peerless central defender deservedly swept up the Premier League’s individual awards for 2019.
While Sterling can play the victim card towards City, the reality is that unfortunately for the Manchester-based side the team have been up against some of Liverpool’s greatest players this century when it comes the individual accolades.