City star Sterling opens up in revealing interview.
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The 20-year-old left Anfield for the Etihad Stadium under a bit of a cloud, with rumours that he’d fallen out with manager Brendan Rodgers and with his team-mates, though he insists this wasn’t the case.
“When everything was going on and it was in the papers every day, everyone at Liverpool was top-notch,” he said.
“I spoke to the manager every day. I spoke to all the players. Everyone outside the club made it out as being something really bad but there was no problem with the manager or the other players. The manager even invited me over to his house to talk. It wasn’t anything like as bad as people made out.”
After receiving criticism for suggesting he was too tired to play for England, Sterling added: “The manager asked me a question and, being the person I am, I answered honestly.
“He asked me how I was feeling and I said I was OK but ‘my legs do feel a bit tired’. I never once said: ‘I don’t want to play’ or anything like that.
“He just asked me a general question and I was honest. I didn’t lie and say: ‘Oh yes, I feel 100%,’ but at the same time I never said I didn’t want to play. Obviously, the manager changed his mind about me playing and probably based it on that conversation but I was just being honest.”