Pep Guardiola admits Anfield atmosphere hinders Raheem Sterling

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Raheem Sterling has never had an easy time of it since he forced his way out of Anfield in 2015 – and rightly so.

The way he departed the Reds left a sour taste in the mouth, and he has struggled ever since when coming back to Merseyside and his former club.

He was left out of City’s team for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final last season.

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At some point, Sterling is going to score or at least play well against us – but hopefully not today.

City boss Pep Guardiola insists that there is no mental issue with Sterling. According to the Liverpool Echo, he said: “The reason why last time he didn’t play was tactical.

“I don’t think about [the crowd’s reaction]. Maybe it affects him – but he is young; he has to learn. Of course, the Liverpool fans want him to play bad and he has played bad but he wants to play good.”

He can certainly count on another hostile reception this afternoon – it has certainly worked in the past, so Anfield will be raucous in putting him off again.

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