Raheem Sterling finally got his wish this summer as he moved from Liverpool to Manchester City for £49 million – as reported by the BBC - in a move that left a bitter taste in the mouths of Reds fans.
Sterling rejected a new contract and the conduct of his representative Aidy Ward was also criticised as the player did an interview with the BBC, reportedly without the club's blessing, when news that he wanted to 'concentrate on his football' and delay contract talks until the summer hit the press - and that he was 'flattered' by reported interest from Arsenal.
Ward himself was quoted allegedly saying that he was determined his player would get away from Anfield, saying he wouldn't stay at Liverpool even for £900,000 per week, according to the London Evening Standard.
In order to get his move, the player even refused – as reported by the Liverpool Echo - to go on the club’s pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East. His move 30 miles down the road was completed soon after.
Not content with getting his switch to the Etihad Stadium, it seems Sterling doesn't want much to do with the press on Merseyside either as he appears to have blocked the Liverpool Echo's reporter for Liverpool FC on Twitter.
Back in work today and Helsinki bound. Looks like Adie Ward has been busy doing some admin...... pic.twitter.com/ovFanBcaOK— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) July 31, 2015
The 20-year-old has got off to a pretty good start at his new club, scoring three times during pre-season so far, and will come up against Liverpool in November at the Etihad Stadium - though given the reception he got by Reds' fans towards the end of last season, it's doubtful they are going to be hospitable towards Sterling at any point during proceedings, or indeed in the return game at Anfield in March.