Twitter reacts to Sterling penalty howler
By Alex Taylor
Former Liverpool star Raheem Sterling has received heavy criticism after his latest footballing gaffe, a missed penalty in a pre-season shoot-out.
Twitter showed no mercy after the winger fluffed his lines when taking Manchester City’s sixth spot-kick following their 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund.
The youngster left Liverpool as one of the brightest young players in the world for a fee of £49million last summer.
Since his move though, the 22-year-old has failed to continue the good form he showed at Anfield, and lost his starting place at Manchester City last season.
The forward is currently on tour with City and stepped up to take his side’s sixth penalty, following the club’s draw with Dortmund.
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His strike left much to be desired and Twitter responded with a typical lack of sympathy. Here are some of the messages:
Raheem Sterling continues his fine footballing form this Summer by missing a penalty for Man City in the shootout.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 28, 2016
It’s actually incredible that Raheem Sterling still struggles to make solid contact with the ball when shooting
— Aidan Small (@Aidansmall97) July 28, 2016
Raheem Sterling missed his penalty. pic.twitter.com/biMdPUcp8l
— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) July 28, 2016
Raheem Sterling looks like a waitress.
— Sam Brooks (@_Sam_Brooks) July 28, 2016
Raheem Sterling continues his fantastic summer by missing a penalty in the shoot out against Dortmund.
— Coral (@Coral) July 28, 2016
I do not want raheem sterling anywhere near my club
— Sam (@IwobiFlick) July 18, 2016
— Banter Scrolls (@BanterScrolls) July 18, 2016
The misfiring starlet was not made to pay for the miss though, apart from on social media, as his side ran out 6-5 winners from the shoot-out.
Manchester City will be hoping Sterling is back on form for their first Premier League game of the 2016-17 season at home to Sunderland on Sat 13 August.
In other Liverpool news, striker Daniel Sturridge has been given a specially tailored training programme this summer