Report: £42million prolific winger wants to play for Klopp, a coach he 'admires'
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Report: Raheem Sterling favours Anfield return but Man City will never sell directly to them

Raheem Sterling reportedly favours a return to Liverpool over a move to Barcelona but Manchester City will never sell directly to the Reds.

The Englishman left Anfield under a cloud of negativity and Sterling has been booed by Liverpool supporters in every game he has played against his former side.

Yet, the thought of him returning to Liverpool under Klopp is something that I still find tantalising for some reason. Sterling is a world-class player and his form at Manchester City since his awful miss in the Champions League quarter-final defeat to Lyon seems to still be weighing on him.

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El Nacional reports that Sterling would prefer to return to Liverpool and stay in the Premier League and sees joining Barcelona as his second choice but there’s little hope for an Anfield reunion.

The Spanish outlet claims that the Englishman wants to link up with Jurgen Klopp, “a coach whom he admires.” They go on to add that Man City will not consider “reinforcing a direct rival in the league and in the Champions League, so they will only accept the departure of Sterling to a club that does not play in the Premier League.”

Liverpool likely would not consider signing Sterling purely because of the way he left the club and due to the animosity that a large section of local fans still has regarding the forward.

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It’s also a move that would force one of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to play out of position to accommodate Sterling or he would have to play out of position himself. That or he wouldn’t even start.

While I’d love to see some kind of fairytale return for Sterling when all was forgiven and forgotten, that seems unlikely even though City are only asking for £42million (€50m).

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