Raheem Sterling revealed Liverpool’s sensational Champions League comeback victory over Barcelona left him “buzzing”.
Despite losing the first leg of their semi-final tie 3-0, Liverpool thrashed Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday at Anfield to reach the final for a second successive season.
And former Reds star Sterling, who came through the youth ranks and represented the first-team for three years, was delighted with their stunning win.
The now-Manchester City man was speaking in London after being crowned the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year.
“I was really happy for Liverpool, I was buzzing,” said Sterling, according to AOL.
“People might not believe me but it’s true. Seeing some of the boys like [Jordan Henderson] Hendo and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] in the final makes me happy, I’m really happy for them.”
A tally of 17 goals and 12 assists in 33 Premier League appearances saw Sterling fend off competition from Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk for the FWA award.
“It’s a massive achievement, a massive honour,” Sterling said.
“To be recognised is always a lovely feeling, especially by the writers. It makes it even more special.
“It is an award that I will cherish, especially with the people that have won it before me so I am really, really glad and proud.”
The England international is also relishing City’s trip to Brighton on Sunday for their final Premier League game of the season.
With a one-point lead over second-placed Liverpool, Pep Guardiola’s side can become the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to reclaim the league crown by winning this weekend.
“We know how big an occasion it is,” Sterling said. “But I’d much rather be on our side, to know if we win the game, it’s ours.
“It will be a tough day, that’s for sure. We know Brighton won’t just sit there and let us score goals.
“They’re safe and it is going to be a really tough day, to be honest with you, but it is one I am really looking forward to.”