As reported by the Mirror, the player’s representative expressed his belief that Sterling’s stay at the Merseyside giants was not good for his development, hinting that Liverpool possibly stymied the player’s progress.
Ward was clearly unhappy with how Sterling was managed by Brendan Rodgers, and didn’t hold back with his criticism of the Northern Irish coach.
“At Liverpool, Raheem was asked to play as a full-back, just like Emre Can was asked to play as a central defender when he is a midfielder,” Ward began, as per the Mirror.
“That wasn’t going to help him develop as a player.
“Moving to City was right for Raheem, even if Liverpool fans don’t want to accept that. At City, he now has a licence to thrill.
“He has gone up a tier. Manuel Pellegrini has played him in a wide role with the freedom to drift inside and he has also played as a central striker.
“That’s why he scored the first hat-trick of his professional career recently (against Bournemouth) – all of the goals coming in the first half.
“He is playing with better players for a manager, who gives him the freedom to express himself, and he is improving as a player in a team that is at the top of the Premier League and in the Champions League.
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“Raheem is in a good place.”
Indeed, while Liverpool or their fans would never condone—or even acknowledge—comments made by Ward, they may secretly believe he has a point regarding Rodgers.
The manager was dismissed from his position earlier in the season, with the Reds board clearly losing faith with the coach following his underperformance last term and his muddled start to the current campaign.