Jamie Redknapp comments on Raheem Sterling's situation ahead of today's Liverpool reunion

Raheem Sterling

Jamie Redknapp has been looking at Raheem Sterling's role in today's Manchester City v Liverpool clash.

Pundit Jamie Redknapp has told Sky Sports that he thinks Raheem Sterling must show up big for Manchester City against his former club Liverpool this afternoon.

Sterling, 21, joined Liverpool from Queens Park Rangers back in 2010, and went on to make 129 appearances for the Reds, scoring goals under Brendan Rodgers.

However, things turned sour for the Jamaican-born England international at Anfield. Having rejected a new contract midway through last season, many Liverpool fans turned against Sterling - and the anger only built when he left the club last summer.

Sterling moved on to join Manchester City in a deal worth £49m according to BBC Sport, and there have been split opinions over whether he has been worth that money.

With eight goals and four assists in 31 appearances, Sterling may have been expected to contribute more for City, but he's shown flashes of the quality which initially made him such a fan favourite at Liverpool.

Today, Sterling and his City team-mates take on Liverpool in the Capital One Cup final, and the young forward is bound to be focused on heavily throughout the coverage of the game.

Now, pundit Jamie Redknapp has discussed his situation heading into the game, stating that he left Liverpool to win trophies at City, and today is the first chance for him to produce a huge performance and deny his former club some silverware.

Redknapp also told Sky Sports that he thinks Sterling will be on the back pages of Monday's newspapers whether City win or lose, given that he'll either have won a trophy or be watching the club he turned his back on celebrate at Wembley.

"Raheem Sterling is an intriguing sub-plot," said Redknapp. "I'm sure images of him will be on the back pages of newspapers and at the top of websites on Monday regardless of the outcome - whether it's him lifting the trophy or looking dejected while Liverpool fans celebrate."

"He said he wanted to leave Anfield to win trophies and on Sunday he has the opportunity to do just that. Man City paid £49m for Sterling and these are the occasions when they need him to show up. If Liverpool win, he'll undoubtedly get a lot of stick from their fans - but he has made his bed and he has to lie in it."

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