Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has revealed how his daughter Melody taunts him with chants about Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah.
Sterling, who progressed from Liverpool’s academy and rose to prominence in the 2013/14 season, moved to City in the summer of 2015 and has become one of Pep Guardiola’s best players at the Etihad.
“She has my sort of personality and she likes to banter and chant Mo Salah’s songs to me,” Sterling said.
“She knows the rivalry between Liverpool and the team that I play for so she’s always singing their songs and trying to wind me up but that’s just her personality.”
Asked about his children’s influence away from football, Sterling added: “Football takes up a lot of your time but at the end of the day when things get rough or tough that is what makes you happy.
“Seeing your kids is possibly the most important part of your day. They take away everything that’s going on outside and you can block that out, so when I go home, everything seems perfect.”
Sterling, who has been sidelined since the start of February with a hamstring problem, will return on Wednesday for his side’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
City face Zinedine Zidane’s serial winners of the competition in the Spanish capital in the first leg and Guardiola revealed in a press conference ahead of the match that Sterling is eager to get back to action.
“Raheem is fit. His physical condition and regeneration is amazing,” Guardiola said.
“He said he could have played against West Ham and Leicester but the doctor said it was too soon. But that was a good sign.”
Guardiola also insisted that there is no added pressure on his side’s Champions League campaign this term, despite an impending two-year ban from European football.