Raheem Sterling explains his Liverpool departure

Raheem Sterling left Liverpool for Premier League rivals Manchester City in the summer of 2015.

Raheem Sterling has explained to Sky Sports why he left Liverpool for Manchester City in the summer of 2015.

According to BBC Sport, City had to pay Premier League rivals Liverpool an initial transfer fee of £44 million for the services of the youngster which could reach £49m.

The versatile England international’s switch caused quite a stir at the time, with Liverpool fans far from happy with the way the move came about.

The 21-year-old, who can play as a winger, attacking midfielder or striker, has revealed why he decided to leave the Reds for the Citizens.

"The main [comment] on my Instagram is the snake sign - that's the biggest one so far - and someone that loves money, hungry for money,” Sterling told Sky Sports when asked what he thinks of the public’s perception of him.

"Realistically, I am trying to improve as a player and that's the most important thing for me and for my development. I just did what I thought was best for my career at that moment in time.”

During his time at Liverpool, Sterling established himself as one of the best and most promising young players in the Premier League.

The Englishman is not having the greatest of seasons at City, but he has shown encouraging signs throughout the campaign.

The 21-year-old has scored six goals and created 35 chances in 27 Premier League appearances for Manuel Pellegrini’s side so far this season.

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