Raheem Sterling insists he was happy for his old club Liverpool after their staggering midweek Champions League comeback against Barcelona, as per Football365.
The Reds were 3-0 down from the first leg – against the run of play – of their semi-final clash against the Spanish giants but stunned them at Anfield to roar into the final 4-0.
Sterling said: “I was really happy for Liverpool, I was buzzing. People might not believe me but it’s true. Seeing some of the boys like Hendo and Trent in the final makes me happy, I’m really happy for them.”
The England winger will never be the most popular player on the red half of Merseyside but it’s not surprising he’s pleased for his international team-mates Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
This title race between Manchester City and Liverpool has been characterised by a genuine respect between the two clubs and their managers.
The team spirit fostered at international level with England between key protagonists on both sides helps with that – it’s in stark contrast to the ridiculous, paranoid tribalism that supposedly held the Three Lions back during the 2000s.
Nevertheless, Sterling may surprise some Reds by not responding with the same ill will they seem to show towards him – especially as it gives the title-chasers a morale boost before a crucial weekend where they will look to try and put pressure on the champions.