Manchester City’s Champions League victory on Tuesday night has earned Liverpool £300k, the Telegraph reports.
This is due to a clause inserted into the deal which saw Raheem Sterling sign for the Sky Blues last summer, which would see Liverpool financially rewarded as City progressed through the competition.
Earlier this week they defeated PSG at the Etihad, confirming a 2-1 aggregate win and progression into the semi-finals, where they could face Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Atletico Madrid.
Sterling hasn’t featured much for City recently due to injury, and with six Premier League goals and two assists, it’s fair to say he’s so far failed to justify his £49m price-tag.
The Telegraph say that Liverpool could earn as much as £5m more throughout Sterling’s City career depending on what the club wins.
City’s progression also benefits the Premier League in terms of our European co-efficient. Statisticians were worryingly calculating at the start of the season that we might lose our fourth Champions League spot, but with City in the semis and Liverpool still in the Europa League, English teams will gain more points than Serie A sides this season.
Still, we really don’t want to see Sterling involved in Champions League celebrations come the end of the season.