Manchester City
Can Sterling finally make Anfield impact?
Trent Matthew
9 days ago
Raheem Sterling has developed into a world class player since joining Manchester City from Liverpool, but he has struggled to produce against his former club.

The England international swapped Anfield for the Etihad Stadium for an initial £44million back in 2015 and has certainly proved a worthwhile signing for the Citizens, scoring 83 goals across 207 appearances and winning six major honours during his time with the club.

Sterling has improved season-on-season during his time with City and is on course to enjoy his most productive campaign to date, as he has already netted 14 goals in 16 appearances across all competitions.

The 24-year-old's record against Liverpool is not so good, however, as he has never scored in a league match home or away against the Reds, with his only strike in the fixture coming in this season's Community Shield at Wembley.

Sterling has particularly struggled when returning to Anfield as he has lost on four of his five visits to the venue as a City player, with the only match he didn't lose coming last season when the Citizens claimed a 0-0 draw.

If anything Liverpool are stronger than ever this time around though, which makes City's task look all the more difficult, but that should not stop Sterling from at least enjoying some personal success.

The forward is likely to be involved in a key battle against Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is a threat going forward, but still has questions against his name defensively.

Sterling will be hoping he can get the better of his England colleague and then it will be a question of whether he can take any chances that come his way.

In the past many people have questioned Sterling's ability to finish, particularly when he has time to think about his strike, but his record over the last couple of seasons appears to have put that talk to bed.

Indeed, Sterling has scored seven goals in his last six appearances for club and country and, if he can get the better of Liverpool on Sunday, then City could well be on to a winner.