Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher explains his hopes for Raheem Sterling's career

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher hopes Raheem Sterling will fulfil his potential at Manchester City.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has told The Mail he hopes Raheem Sterling is successful at Manchester City.

Carragher is a former teammate of Sterling, but was previously critical of the winger's contract stand-off with Liverpool, before his £49 million transfer to Manchester City was agreed.

The England international's form dropped off at the end of last season with his future very much in the spotlight, and despite leaving his old club, Carragher would like to see the winger go onto achieve great things. 

He told The Mail: "Hopefully, we will see more performances like those that almost took Liverpool to the title, or his display against Italy for England at the last World Cup.

"I hope he does well, I'd like to see him flourish because he does have the potential to be a star for club and country."

Carragher is clearly putting his passion for the Reds aside and speaking objectively, for many Liverpool supporters would love nothing more than for Sterling to fail at Manchester City, having forced a move and turning his relationship with the Reds sour.

That was a feeling communicated by former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer, who had taken to Twitter to express his view that Sterling faces seeing his progress stall at Manchester City.

McAteer's view is more representative of the pressure facing Sterling at present, and he did not cope well with the attention in his final months at Liverpool last season.

It's possible however that having secured his move he will have a more positive mindset and begin playing with freedom again, but only by winning silverware and playing a prominent role for City in doing so will his big money move be judged a success.

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