Jamie Carragher gives verdict on Raheem Sterling's Manchester City debut

Raheem Sterling

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher gave his view on Sterling's first game for Manchester City after his controversial transfer from the Reds.

SkySports pundit Jamie Carragher gave Raheem Sterling's Manchester City debut the thumbs up, after he inspired his new side to a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Carragher told Monday Night Football that he could see the difference in City's attack, which he felt looked far more exciting than in games last season.

He attributed this to Sterling's directness, which helped bring out the best in David Silva and make space for Wilfried Bony, as well as forging an effective link up down the left with his full-back.

He said: "I think he did well. He gives that penetration, that pace. He has a good connection with Kolarov and comes inside.

"He's not just a player who stands out wide and waits for the ball. When we watched City last season sometimes I'd think they were too pedestrian, slow, and lethargic, that's why they've brought him in."

Sterling had a chance to score himself, having a one-on-one saved by goalkeeper Boaz Myhill. Carragher refused to criticise the winger, claiming up util now he had been very good in similar situations.

Carragher was an outspoken critic of Sterling's decision to force a move away from Liverpool, telling the Liverpool Echo his agent's actions were a disgrace, but when it comes to performances on the pitch, the pundit clearly remains a big admirer of the England international.

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