Raheem Sterling shares a Liverpool pre-match incident involving Luis Suarez

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling joined Manchester City from Premier League rivals Liverpool in the summer of 2015.

Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling has explained to The Times how former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers helped in his development.

Sterling worked with Rodgers at Liverpool before leaving for Premier League rivals City in the summer of 2015.

“I did play there (in a central role in midfield) when I was younger, in a three as an attacking midfielder, so it’s a position I knew quite well,” the England international told The Times. “At Liverpool, Brendan helped me learn the position better.”

The 21-year-old, who can play as a striker, winger or attacking midfielder, has also revealed an amusing incident at Liverpool involving Uruguay international forward Luis Suarez.

Suarez, now at Spanish giants Barcelona, played for Liverpool from January 2011 until the end of the 2013-14 season.

“I’ll never forget the day he had a ridiculously swollen ankle,” Sterling told The Times. “Anybody else would have said: ‘No, today’s not my day.’ Suarez took the injection.

“His ankle was like a ball. He had to wear Stevie’s [Gerrard’s] boots, which were probably two sizes too big and he went out and bagged a hat-trick. Nobody else would have done that.”

Sterling is one of the most promising young players in England, but he has not had a great season with City.

The 21-year-old has scored six goals and created 35 chances in 30 Premier League appearances for the Citizens this campaign.

The England international has a pass accuracy of 86% and a shot accuracy of 61%, and has won eight headers, 41 dribbles and 25 tackles.

City are fourth in the Premier League table at the moment with 64 points from 36 matches.

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