Sterling finally completed an acrimonious £49m move to City last week and took less than three minutes to find the target for his new club in their 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Roma in the International Champions Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Balotelli took to social media and tweeted: “Well done @sterling 31 ! Best Answer, keep it up.”
However, the former City striker soon regretted his post as other Twitter users urged the Italy international to follow Sterling’s lead.
@KopWorldEdito responded: “Hurry up and follow him out of the Anfield exit please.”
“@FinallyMario the club may have treated you poorly but the fans have had your back 100% from day one, disappointed to say the least,” added @LiverpooLegacy.
Balotelli responded with two further Tweets: “Liverpool fans are amazing but i hope@sterling31 will play at his best because he deserve it. He’s a good guy young and talented…..
“Support him Like you always did .He gave everything to this club and respect it so im sad to see this.YNWA ,Liverpool is a family ALWAYS.”
However, Balotelli’s best efforts failed to calm down some Liverpool fans still angry over the manner of the 20-year-old’s departure.
“Back doing what I love doing,” Sterling later tweeted with a picture of himself, which was also met by some abusive replies.