Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has said that he wants to score more goals against Liverpool after feeling “really happy” following his first against his former club.
Sterling, who moved from Merseyside to Manchester in a £49m deal in 2015, had to wait four years before opening his account against the Reds, doing so in the Community Shield clash between the sides in August.
The England international has improved notably at the Etihad Stadium since the arrival of Pep Guardiola and, speaking to Four Four Two, the 24-year-old said more goals against his former club was next on the list of objectives.
“I was really happy to score my first goal against them,” Sterling said. “Having not scored against them for so long, I need to try and make up for lost time now.
“When people keep reminding you that you haven’t scored, and then the first one goes in, the next time you’re a lot more confident.”
Sterling also said memories spring to mind whenever he visits Anfield, saying: “[Liverpool] invested a lot of time and money in me, so every time I go there or play them, I get flashbacks – not just of playing for the first team, but putting on the shirt for the first time in my first under-18s derby against Everton, things like that.”
Liverpool and City went toe-to-toe for the Premier League title last season with Guardiola’s side edging the Reds out by a point on the final day, with the two clubs meeting for the first time this season on November 10 at Anfield.
Meanwhile, Liverpool stopper Adrian – who is expected to be replaced by Alisson for the trip to Manchester United on Sunday – has declared that he doesn’t feel the competition between himself and his Brazilian counterpart.