Liverpool fans on Twitter have been busy sharing their views on Raheem Sterling, a player who used to divide opinion around the club given the manner in which he left Anfield for Manchester City back in 2015 – now, however, he appears to have stolen plenty of hearts.
The Reds academy graduate swapped Merseyside for Manchester when the Citizens snapped him up in a deal worth £49m, and he has since gone on to become one of the deadliest forwards in the league and a player who is currently in world-class form.
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It isn’t all that simple, however. Sterling left Liverpool after the club decided to cancel contract negotiations with the attacker, following a number of incidents involving his agent, Aidy Ward, that didn’t sit right with the Reds fans.
Ward slammed club icon Jamie Carragher and said that Sterling wouldn’t sign a new contract at Anfield even if he was offered £900,000-a-week.
These acts from Sterling’s agent somewhat tainted his reputation amongst the Liverpool fanbase, and he was quickly labelled as a ‘money grabber‘ by many.
However, following his recent fine form and his work in actively fighting racism in football, we are seeing a far more mature figure and one who has got the Liverpool fans on Twitter reflecting on his departure in a more measured light.
Here’s what they’ve had to say…
I know we all hated him when he left to join Man City but since then he’s developed into a borderline world class player and has handled issues like racism and being singled out by the media with real maturity and class.
So where do you stand on Raheem Sterling?
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) March 26, 2019
Sterling’s agent is the reason he came out as a villain in the transfer. Sterling is a great player and now has the finishing touch back to back seasons to prove it. Hes only 24 I wish him all the best. Honeslty hes put in POTY performances. Him and VVD have been tremendous.
— Daragh O’Dea (@DaraghODea) March 26, 2019
Don’t like how he left but admire how he has dealt with the media and racism
— cam (@PhilpottsCam) March 26, 2019
I didn’t like the statements from agent but the lads did what his heart was telling him to do and made a packet in the meantime. Fair play to him. I think he’s inspirational. A great role model.
— Andrew Hubbard (@AndrewRHubbard1) March 26, 2019
Cracking player, seems a decent enough fella too but the way he left us leaves should have been handled better. Alot better.
— Scouser_Les_LFC (@Scouser_Les_LFC) March 26, 2019
I dislike him because of the way he left Liverpool. The behaviour of him and his agent was abhorrent. However I do think under Pep’s guidance he’s become world class and the way he conducts himself regarding the racist abuse he gets is admirable.
— Marc Berry (@Markus197705) March 26, 2019
It’s annoying when one of your best players leaves for a rival, but holding onto that kind of grudge is best left to the likes of West Ham (Lampard, Ince etc) More importantly, the racist coverage of Sterling in the media puts things in perspective.
— Stephen O’Gorman (@WhigsInSpace) March 26, 2019
Sterling saw that we weren’t going to win anything under Rodgers so I don’t blame him for joining City. He was young when he left so the maturity wasnt there yet and his agent had a big role to play in that too but I get it
— Ser Arthur Quez (@Mcgrue16) March 26, 2019
Can't lie I think Raheem Sterling is ace. Has really grown up & although he has improved from his time with us it's not so marked as some r suggesting. Pep mgmt of him & the way City play highlight his gifts that we saw at #LFC.
If Klopp was managing him we'd see the same.
— Nasman (@NasiruRashid7) March 26, 2019
Really burned me when Sterling left for City truly thought/hoped he’d end up being a flop, but he’s matured into a world class player & such likeable guy. His performances and progression shows he’s not just a money grabber as was made out. Only regret is it didn’t happen at LFC
— Karl (@Karlton81) March 26, 2019
Agreed! He’s matured as both a player and person and I’m actually glad to see public perception of him change. Understand why he left, but imagine him tearing it up in this side now!
— Phil Hammond (@phil_hammond_7) March 26, 2019
I agree. I cannot keep “hatin on him”. Respect to him ♥️♥️♥️
— Lara Not Lara Croft (@PacificTrash) March 26, 2019