Graeme Souness backs Raheem Sterling to be a star at Manchester City

Raheem Sterling

Sterling made a £49 million move from Liverpool to Manchester City this summer.

Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness has backed Raheem Sterling to be a success at Manchester City after completing a £49 million move from Liverpool this summer - as reported by the BBC.

Sterling rejected the offer of a new contract at Anfield, and certain media comments and engagements led to a deterioration in the relationship between him and those on Merseyside as he managed to force through his move. 

Souness has said that being around better players at the Etihad Stadium could allow the 20-year-old to kick on, but he has acknowledged that the fee paid by City for the player is what you wouldd expect for a player that is at the peak of their powers, rather than one still developing.

The Sky Sports pundit told talkSPORT: “Raheem is not the finished article yet, he’s got a long way to go, but if you’re asking me to have a bet, I think he will be a star and it will work out for him at Man City.

“Generally, when you go and play with better players, they drag you up a level.

"So, with all due respect to the Liverpool players he left, I think he’s gone to a better group of players and he’ll be training with those players every day, so it should make him better as a result.”

He has certainly showed a lot of promise during the pre-season games, but there is more to do. Over the past two years at Liverpool he has shown the potential to become one of the finest players in English football, even if his form dipped towards the end of last season - though that was around the time news of rejecting a new contract became public knowledge, which can't have helped. 

Given the fee, you would expect that Sterling would be a regular feature in the City side this season, and his end product is going to be under the spotlight. If that aspect of his game improves from last season, then he will have started paying back a huge chunk of the fee invested in him.

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