The Citizens got their Champions League campaign off to a disappointing start on Tuesday evening when they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Juventus at the Etihad Stadium.
While the Citizens took the lead through a Giorgio Chiellini own goal, they were pegged back by Mario Mandzukic, before Alvaro Morata added the winner late on.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side could have extended their lead during the second half, but were let down by their finishing, with Sterling the key culprit.
The England international moved to the Etihad Stadium during the summer in one of the most high-profile moves of the transfer window. Having agitated for a move from Liverpool [Express], the forward has much to prove at his new club.
Despite impressing in pre-season, Sterling has found the net only once in four Premier League outings to date, and his finishing again came under scrutiny on Tuesday.
Sterling’s former teammate Gerrard—who also left Liverpool during the summer—has urged his ex-colleague to up his game.
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“I think at this point in his career he is trying to add goals to his game,” the former England international began, speaking to BT Sport as per the Telegraph.
“It is something that he does need to sharpen up on.
“It’s on his left foot [the second-half chance] but you need to show a bit more power and a bit more accuracy there. It’s a great save but he needs to do better.”