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Rodgers insists Sterling “did not” leave Liverpool for money

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Brendan Rodgers insists that money was not Raheem Sterling’s motivation to leave Liverpool for Manchester City.

In the summer of 2015, Raheem Sterling swapped Merseyside for Manchester.

It was an almost 64 million Euro move that caused controversy.

Sterling made his debut at Liverpool at the age of 17. many felt that the club had developed him and made him the star he was becoming.

However, Premier League top dogs Manchester City came calling, the story goes that the young England winger forced the move through.

Add to that the stories of City’s oil-rich owners throwing around ludicrous amounts of money.

Sterling went from hero to public enemy number one at Anfield overnight.

The Liverpool manager at the time was now Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers.

The Foxes boss spoke to the Liverpool Echo, insisting that the move was all about football, and Sterling is not the kind of person motivated by money.

He said:

“For Raheem, it was never about money.”

“If it was about money, he could have stayed at Liverpool.”

” It was about being the best he can be.”

“In that moment in time, there was an opportunity to go to where they had top-class players.”

” He’s gone in there and developed and become a winner, which is clear to see now in his game.”

“I look at Pep’s team and it’s not the same if he’s not in it. What a testament that is to a young English player.”

“What I loved about Raheem was that, for a young boy, he knew what he wanted to be.”

Only recently Sterling insisted he still loved his old club and would not rule out a return.