Sterling reveals Man City step up compared to Liverpool

Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling has admitted that the quality of players at his new club surpasses those at former employers Liverpool.

The England international caused quite the stir over the summer by campaigning for a move away from Anfield and in the end switched to the Etihad Stadium side for a £49 million fee.

Reds fans will not forget the 20-year-old’s decision to jump ship in a hurry, with the Merseysiders left frustrated by Sterling’s refusal to commit to the club and rejection of a new contract.

Sterling has stressed that he has been impressed with the standard of play in training at City, with the world-class stars in Manuel Pellegrini’s squad putting their Liverpool equivalents to shame in his eyes.

“The tempo, the passing, the two-touch movement in training; it’s really surprised me,” Sterling told The Guardian.

“It’s really sharp, really good to be involved in. There are more experienced players here.

“Obviously, Liverpool had many great players as well but the players here have been at the highest level for many years and you can definitely see that on the training pitch.”

Sterling has had a relatively good start to life at the Etihad Stadium outfit but has been forced to adopt a role on the left wing rather than playing through the middle, as he did at Liverpool.