Raheem Sterling is set to lead Manchester City’s attack against Liverpool today. The ex-Red has a terrible record against his former club, however.
Sergio Aguero is out and so Manchester City will turn to Raheem Sterling to lead their attack against Liverpool. They do so at a difficult time, too.
City have struggled to score goals this season. They’ve got only nine in six Premier League games, in fact, far below the 17 Liverpool have managed in one more game.
The Manchester Evening News predicts a front-three of Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden for Sunday. That, quite clearly, puts Sterling in position as the main-man for Pep Guardiola.
That isn’t a strong place to be, however.
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Sterling does not have a good record against Liverpool since leaving the club for £49m back in 2015. Especially when it comes to scoring goals and threatening the Reds.
The England international has just one goal in nine Premier League appearances against Liverpool. That stretches to one in 11 if you include the Champions League.
Only three assists in total over the 11 games, too. But it’s more than just a poor goal and assist return.
Of those 11 games, Sterling has won just two against his former side. He’s only drawn two more, in fact, meaning he’s lost seven times in 11 games across the Premier League and Champions League.
That’s a very poor record against his former club, both individually and for his team. The fact that City are quite reliant on him having a good game on Sunday, then, can only mean good things for Liverpool.
The Reds’ struggling defence will make it easier for him, however. They’re without Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho – but Liverpool will undoubtedly prefer facing Sterling to Aguero.