Raheem Sterling says he was happy for Liverpool
Raheem Sterling Admits He Was Happy For Liverpool’s UCL Victory As He Insists Winning Premier League Is Man City’s Priority
Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling has admitted that he was pleased to see former club Liverpool win the Champions League back in May.
The 24-year-old joined the Reds’ academy from Queens Park Rangers in 2010 and developed into one of the best local English talents during his stay at Anfield. However, he made a move to City in 2015, earning himself the ire of the Liverpool faithful.
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Despite his tricky relationship with the Merseyside outfit, he says he was happy to see them lift the Champions League trophy at the end of last season. Liverpool made it to the final in outstanding fashion before besting Premier League rivals Tottenham with a 2-0 win at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium, and Sterling claims to have been pleased to see some of his former colleagues lift the trophy.
"I was really happy for them, happy for some of the players I know to lift the Champions League," Sterling said via Sky Sports.
Man City are the favorites to win the European trophy next season and some top bookies offers uk could be snatched from the preceding link. William Hill has odds of 4/1 going on the current Prem champions going one better with a Champions League at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. Barcelona are 11/2 to win the tournament with Bet365 while the Reds are 7/1 to successfully defend their crown with Ladbrokes, who also have Real Madrid at 7/1 to recapture the silverware following the return of Zinedine Zidane and the blockbuster acquisition of Eden Hazard from Chelsea.
While City would want to lift the Champions League trophy for the first time, Sterling insists the Premier League remains first priority as top-flight football is what they prepare for every day.
"The Champions League is massive for us as a club but our most important thing is winning the Premier League,” he added. “That's our main objective going into this season. "Yes, it'd be nice to win the Champions League but first and foremost we want to win the league. The Premier League is your bread and butter, every weekend, what you train for every day.”
City have won the top flight the last two seasons but were run very close by Liverpool last season, clinching the title by a single point on the final day of the season. They’re still favored to win it again next term and Bet365 has them at 1/2 to retain the trophy. Liverpool are 5/2 with Betvictor after nearly winning the title for the first time since the top flight was renamed.
Their Champions League final opponents, Spurs, have been given odds of 16/1 by Paddy Power while Chelsea are 28/1 with Ladbrokes.
City still look the most equipped to compete for Premier League honours next season and are now well experienced, having won it twice consecutively under Pep Guardiola. It could be just as exciting of a race between the Sky Blues and the Reds in 2019/20 and we simply cannot wait to see how things play out.