Liverpool fans put hatred aside to stick up for Sterling during gun tattoo row

It is safe to say that out of the majority of England footballers, Raheem Sterling is regularly under the microscope by the British tabloid media.

The Manchester City star will never be regarded by Liverpool fans fondly following his controversial switch to the Etihad Stadium in 2015, but even they have been left baffled by the latest media storm surrounding him.

Over the last few days, the 23-year-old, who is valued at £81m by Transfermarkt, caused waves by showing off a tattoo of an M16 assault rifle.

The ink was noticed in an Instagram picture that the footballer posted of himself during a training session with England.

When you’re training and realised you ain’t post on the gram in couple days.📸

A post shared by Raheem Sterling x 😇 (@sterling7) on

The Sun, which is boycotted by Liverpool fans due to the newspaper’s reporting of the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989, ran a story highlighting the anger of anti-gun campaigners.

The furore forced Sterling into explaining the reasons behind the tattoo, with him revealing via Instagram that it was related to his late father, who was shot dead in Jamaica when the City star was just two years old.

Unsurprisingly, City fans have come out in support of the winger, and now Liverpool supporters have had their say.

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