The 20-year-old completed, arguably, the most controversial move of the summer transfer window just gone when he travelled along the M62 to join the Sky Blues in a £49m deal.
Contentious interviews conducted by both Sterling and his agent Aidy Ward in the months leading up to the transfer eroded his once good relationship with Kopites, and since making the switch he has been booed by some supporters while playing for both City and England.
With his new side sitting atop the Premier League and due to play in the last 16 of the Champions League, Sterling’s decision has been somewhat vindicated, and now the youngster himself has claimed that the players he operates alongside are of a better quality than his ex-Liverpool team-mates:
“There are more experienced players here,” he told the Manchester Evening News (via Metro).
“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.
“The tempo, the passing, the two-touch movement in training; it’s really surprised me. It’s really sharp, really good to be involved in.”