By Will Butcher
Raheem Sterling has revealed that he was considering a move away from Liverpool at just 15 years old.
The England international, now with Manchester City after a £45million move last summer, revealed that he was planning to leave Anfield if he was still yet to win a trophy by the age of 22.
However, the attacking star left Merseyside at just 20 years of age and has not looked back since the move to Premier League rivals City.
“I’ve never mentioned this to anyone but I’ll never forget when me and my agent were on our way to Liverpool on the train,” Sterling said to Gary Lineker on BBC’s Premier League show, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“At that time I was 15 years old and we were already talking about what we’d like to do after Liverpool if things didn’t turn out like we wanted.
“I remember saying by the time I’m 22, if I haven’t won anything or playing in the biggest competitions then I need to assess my options.”
Becoming the third youngest player to ever play for the Reds, Sterling made his debut for the Merseyside giants aged just 17 years old against Wigan in 2012.
The versatile attacker, who can play as a winger or in behind the striker, made 129 league and cup appearances for Liverpool, scoring 23 goals in the process.
But it was in his last season at Anfield where Sterling began to turn heads. 11 goals and another 10 in assists form out wide in all competitions subsequently lead to interest from cash rich City.
With just an EFL Cup winners’ medal to his name, Sterling is yet to decorate his trophy cabinet as he so wished as a 15-year-old.
But with Pep Guardiola’s side sitting top of the Premier League, Sterling could finally be vindicated in his move to the Etihad.
In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp is considering a bid for this summer attacking target.