- If it was about money, Raheem Sterling could've stayed at Liverpool, as per Brendan Rodgers.
- For the winger, it was about being the best he could be.
- The Englishman left Anfield to develop.
- He wanted to be one of the world's best and he achieved it.
"For Raheem, it was never about money," the Northern Irish manager told the Liverpool ECHO. "If it was about money he could have stayed at Liverpool. It was about being the best he can be.
"At that moment in time, there was an opportunity to go to Manchester City where they had top-class players. He's gone in there and developed and become a winner, which is clear to see now in his game.
"I look at Pep's team and it's not the same if he's not in it. What a testament that is to a young English player. What I loved about Raheem was that, for a young boy, he knew what he wanted to be.
"When I ask young players what is it that they want to achieve, he wanted to be one of the best players in the world, at that age. That was where he was unique, because sometimes the British players may not have that ambition. But that was all he wanted to be."
A Liverpool Academy graduate, Sterling joined the club's first team at the end of the 2011/12 campaign. In the following 3 seasons, the winger was a key player for the Reds.
All in all, the Englishman made 129 appearances across all competitions for the Merseysiders, scoring 23 goals and providing 25 assists.
In July 2015, Sterling basically forced his exit from Liverpool and joined City for an initial £44m with a further potential £5m in add-ons, which made him the most expensive English player of all time back in the day.
As Raheem decided to leave despite the fact the Reds offered the youngster a number of quite impressive deals, he's been a persona non grata among the Liverpool fans ever since.