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Jamie Carragher: 'Raheem Sterling was right to leave Liverpool'

Carragher: 'Sterling right to leave Liverpool'
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Jamie Carragher believes that Manchester City ace Raheem Sterling has fully justified his decision to force a move away from Liverpool in 2015.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has said that Raheem Sterling has justified his decision to leave the club and join Manchester City three years ago.

The England international was heavily criticised following his £49m transfer down the M62 in 2015, having asked for a move away from Anfield.

Sterling has gone on to win the Premier League and EFL Cup during his time at the Etihad Stadium, playing a key role in last term's historic title success.

On the back of signing a new long-term deal with the Citizens, worth a reported £300,000 a week, Carragher has suggested that the 23-year-old is worth every penny that he earns.

"No matter how it came about - or how unpalatable to Liverpool supporters to lose such an important player - there is no-one who can look at how his career has progressed and say he made the wrong decision," he told The Telegraph.

"He left for footballing reasons given where Liverpool stood at the time and the direction City were heading. Raheem was guaranteed to compete for the Premier League and Champions League every season, and work under one of the best managers of all-time.

"Since Pep Guardiola arrived, Raheem's game has gone up a level so he now ranks alongside Harry Kane as England's best player. The difference is Kane has taken club form on to the international stage. Raheem's next challenge is to make his recent performance against Spain a regular occurrence for England."

Sterling has scored six goals and has a further five assists in 14 appearances for Man City this season.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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