The 24-year-old, who can operate as a winger or as an attacking midfielder, was on the books of the Merseyside outfit from 2010 until 2015 before he joined City for an initial transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £44 million and when Brendan Rodgers was in charge of the Reds.
Klopp told Liverpool’s official website about Sterling: “He was always a big threat. I don’t want to judge this. It looks like [he is] improving and improving and improving. Good for Man City and good for England.
“This morning I saw a goal he scored against Man City when he was still a Liverpool player – it was a nice one. Obviously he was already a big talent at that time. A fantastic footballer player; I can say absolutely nothing bad about him, I don’t think anything bad about him.
“He is outstanding and yes, improving in the last couple of years. I heard Pep saying once, ‘OK, if he starts finishing off all the situations he has, he will really be there.’ But he is a threat, how you can imagine. But not the only one, unfortunately, that’s the problem we have.”
Sterling has steadily improved during his time at City so far and has taken his game to another level under manager Pep Guardiola.
So far this season, the England international has scored seven goals and provided one assist in 10 Premier League games, and has scored five goals and provided two assists in four Champions League appearances, according to WhoScored.
During the 2018-19 campaign, Sterling scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists in the league, and scored five goals and provided two assists in the Champions League, according to WhoScored.
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