Despite the controversial nature in which Raheem Sterling left Liverpool to join Premier League title rivals Manchester City, the England star has now made a surprising confession about his former club.
Having developed into one of Liverpool's star players during his time on Merseyside, Sterling burned bridges at Anfield after rejecting a new contract in order to push through a move to City in 2015, joining the Mancunians for a then-English record of £49 million (R1 billion).
The England international has since enjoyed a frosty relationship with the Reds' supporters, with many still holding a grudge against him for the controversial nature in which he left the club that had given him his professional debut.
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Nonetheless, Sterling appears to still hold a strong affection for his former employers, and gave a surprising answer when recently asked whether he would ever consider making a return to Liverpool.
"Would I ever go back to Liverpool? To be honest with you, I love Liverpool," Sterling replied during a Q&A session on social media, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
"Don't get it twisted, they are always in my heart. It's a team that done a lot for me growing up, so…"
The 25-year-old, who made 129 appearances during his time with the Merseyside club, has since become a star player at City, where he has won the 2018/19 FWA Footballer of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards, as well as seven major domestic trophies.
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