Manuel Pellegrini backs Raheem Sterling to teach the Anfield crowd a lesson
The last summer transfer window was not so polite for Liverpool fans as they saw their hero Steven Gerrard move away from the club along with young talent Raheem Sterling.
Sterling, who was bought from the QPR academy went on to become one of the brightest youngsters in Europe last season and moved to Manchester City on big money move.
None of the Liverpool fans were happy to see the winger leave the club for a better financial contract and even as the player revealed that he moved away for trophies, the Red of Merseyside are not completely against the youngster.
In the recent League Cup final, Sterling was continuously booed by the 35,000 Liverpool fans at Wembely and if that was anything to go by, Anfield will be howling at the youngster at its full voice this mid-week when City go there to face Liverpool in a Premier League fixture.
Manuel Pellegrini, in his pre-match press conference revealed that Raheem Sterling will start against Liverpool at Anfield giving him his first return to the club where he became a star.
“I don’t know at the moment what the starting XI will be tomorrow, but one player I am sure will start is Raheem Sterling,” Pellegrini revealed.
The 21-year old missed two glorious chances to secure the victory in normal time at Wembley but his manager has given him the vote of confidence and backed him up before the trip to Anfield.
Asked if Sterling can handle the reception he’ll receive, Pellegrini said: “No, I don’t have any doubts at all about that.
“It’s important for him to play under pressure. I think all big players must play under pressure.”
The Manchester City manager urged Sterling to let go off any fears and that it should not matter to him where and against whom he is playing. He also said that he expects the winger to make an impact on the night.
“I have 100 per cent trust in Raheem. He will play tomorrow and I am sure he will be an important player in the game.
“He is a young man, a young player, starting out in his career, he knows how to fight with the pressure,” he added.
For every Liverpool fan, Raheem Sterling defines the present situation in world football where currency has been ruling the game. This has seen the fans target the 21-year old and it will be hard for him to concentrate with the crowd going against him.
The City manager who acknowledged that the atmosphere at Anfield will be similar to Wembley urged Sterling to keep everything behind him and explained that he has loads of confidence on the player.
“He will receive maybe the same treatment when he arrives at Anfield tomorrow, but I am absolutely sure he can play without any problem and he will be a very important player as he was in the last game.”
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