By Alex Taylor
Raheem Sterling’s £49million move to Manchester City was the worst thing that could have happened to him, according to his boyhood coach.
The 21-year-old became the seventh most expensive transfer of all time in July 2015 after he moved to Manchester City and has failed to subsequently live up to his price-tag.
Liverpool fans will remember the youngsters’ performances throughout the 2013/14 season as Sterling forged a prolific relationship with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in which the Reds scored 101 goals in the Premier League.
“He is still learning both mentally and tactically, we need to let him develop,” former coach John Creith told Get West London. “He will still be a big part of the England set up and could be a massive player for us in a few years time. That price tag was the worst thing to happen to him though.”
Sterling bagged 11 goals and 10 assists for City this season but came under fire from pundits after failing to display the form that earned him his mega-money transfer.
The former Liverpool player also struggled at this summer’s European Championships and despite winning England’s penalty against Iceland in the Three Lions final game, his inclusion in the team was regularly questioned throughout the tournament.
Sterling will have to improve his performances next season as he faces new competition at Manchester City.
New manager Pep Guardiola has sanctioned the £13.8million signing of Nolito from Celta Vigo earlier this week in a move that could see Sterling relegated to the bench at the Etihad.