Raheem Sterling makes interesting Champions League claim as he admits he was ‘happy’ for the Reds

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Raheem Sterling says he was delighted to see the Reds win the Champions League last season – but claims he was glad Manchester City won the Premier League instead.

The winger still has a lot of friends at the club, whether fans like it or not, while he plays with the likes of Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez at international level.

Sterling said, via Goal: “I was really happy for Liverpool – happy for some of the players I know to lift the Champions League.”

He did, though, claim that Manchester City’s league title win was bigger than the Reds being European champions.

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He added: “What we’ve done last season – every day, week in, week out – was exceptional. The Champions League is massive for us as a club but our most important thing is winning the Premier League. That’s our main objective going into this season.

“The Premier League is your bread and butter. The Champions League is the nicer-looking one, the most prestigious as people say, but every weekend you put in a shift. You’re going to tough places.”

We kind of understand what he means: consistency is king in the league more so than in Europe. But the Reds finished on 97 points – hardly an inconsistent showing.

As much as going to Crystal Palace and Burnley is tough, so is going to the Allianz Arena and Camp Nou.

Lots of Reds would have rather have won the Premier League than the Champions League – but only because it’s been so long since we last won the league. The Champions League is still the number one prize.

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