Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling says that he felt under more pressure from Liverpool fans to win the Premier League title than he does at the Etihad Stadium, according to Sky Sports.
Sterling was part of the Reds team that just came up short in the title race in 2013/14 and clinched his maiden top flight crown last season when Pep Guardiola’s side won the league at a canter.
He said: “When I was there (Liverpool), I did feel a lot more pressure than when I’m here, with matchdays and the fans. I think that they [got] to us a little bit.
“Here we’re completely focused on each game and trying to win each game as it comes. We’re confident in ourselves and we’ve got the belief and the attitude and the work-rate that we need. We’re completely focused on the job.”
Sterling’s comments are unlikely to go down particularly well at Anfield, given he is already not the most popular figure among the red half of Merseyside.
There is just such a fervent desire to bring the Premier League title back to Liverpool. That can manifest itself in crackling atmospheres and an overwhelming support for the team.
But Sterling’s words also suggest it creates a huge weight of pressure, which doesn’t exist at a club which has already won titles.