We really do recommend reading the full story posted by Raheem Sterling in the Players’ Tribune – with one amusing bit from the beginning grabbing our attention in particular.
While many Liverpool fans understandably still hold a grudge towards Sterling over the nature of his transfer to rivals Manchester City a few years ago, there’s no denying he’s had quite a journey.
From cleaning toilets with his mother as a kid to making it big for Liverpool, City and England, the 23-year-old certainly doesn’t deserve the bad press he’s been getting in recent times from the S*n and others in the media.
Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a bit of light trolling from Sterling’s daughter, whom he says is still a Liverpool fan and who idolises Mo Salah!
‘So the other day, my daughter’s running round the house singing a little song. And her dad had just won the league with City. Just got 100 points in the league, actually. Does she care?’ Sterling writes.
‘Haaaaa! Mate, she don’t give two Scooby-Doos about Manchester City. She’s Liverpool through and through.
‘So she’s running through the halls — and I swear to God she runs exactly like her dad. Chest puffed way out, back arched, hand flapping about a bit. She’s running through the halls like Raheem Sterling, and you know what she’s singing?
‘Mo Salah! Mo Salah! Mo Salah!
‘Runnin’ down the wing!
‘Salahhhhh la la la la la la la!
‘Can you believe that? Cold-blooded, mate.’
That’s quite a blow for Sterling, who’s not a bad footballer himself, really.
Sterling goes on to explain the big sacrifices he made to his social life when he moved to Liverpool, leaving behind his friends and only returning to London to spend time with family.
‘Liverpool wanted me, but it was three hours away from home,’ he adds. ‘And I’ll never forget sitting my mum down and telling her that I wanted to go. I love all my friends from my neighborhood. They’re still my best friends in the world. But at that time, there was a lot of crime and stabbings going on, and I felt like Liverpool was a chance for me to go away and just focus on football.
‘For two years, I went ghost. You can ask my friends. When we had a day off, I’d come back to London on the train for a day to see my mum, and then it was back to Liverpool. I was shut down from the world. Just building myself up as a footballer.’