This Liverpool side are special. Jürgen Klopp arrived at Anfield in 2015 and has completely transformed the club in his five years in charge. The wider football world (excluding bitter pundits and ignorant keyboard warriors) are appreciative of the magic the German has worked on Merseyside and that is why Raheem Sterling is correct with his ‘respect’ claim.
Raheem Sterling left Liverpool for Manchester City in 2015 when the Citizens forked out £49m for the then teenager.
The winger has since become one of the very finest wide forwards in the world, lifting the Premier League twice with the Blues.
However, he doesn’t seem to have shaken his lack of loyalty and common sense – he was recently pictures with a Real Madrid shirt draped over his shoulder for an interview with AS.
In the interview with AS, Raheem Sterling went on a childish rant about how Manchester City aren’t afforded the same ‘respect’ as Liverpool, telling the outlet:
“The first year we won the league, De Bruyne was unbelievable and they gave [Player of the Year] to another player. Every year we win a major trophy and it’s given to an opposition player.
“This year Liverpool win the league and a Liverpool player will win the Player of the Year for sure. We win the league for five times and we were not treated with the same respect.”
Do you know why City aren’t treated with the same respect, Raheem? This writer is happy to tell you, or we could let UEFA’s investigatory body explain?
What the heck, I’ll have a crack. Man City aren’t afforded the same respect because it is not that hard to win the league with a squad that cost nearly half a billion pounds.
Other players won those awards because they weren’t playing with the Harlem Globetrotters. It is hard to get as many assists as De Bruyne when your front line doesn’t include Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. Vice versa, it is hard to score as many goals without Kevin De Bruyne behind you.
A Liverpool player will win Player of the Year when they win the league because their squad has been assembled within the laws of the game, they haven’t cheated their way to dominance – they’ve paid their dues and worked for it.
Raheem Sterling, you are one of the very best players in the world. If you want ‘respect’, you won’t get it at City.