Sterling on being a ‘ghost’ at Liverpool, the media and his journey

first_img 3 3 Raheem Sterling with Manchester City teammates Kyle Walker and John Stones after winning the Premier League title 3 The 23-year-old explains how his life was shaped by his father’s murder when he was aged just two, how football proved to be his salvation and revealed his daughter’s continuing love for Liverpool, despite his acrimonious departure from Anfield in 2015.In the emotional article, Sterling begins: “My daughter is a bit cheeky. My mum warned me this was gonna happen.“Around six years old they start developing a little attitude, you know? So the other day, my daughter’s running round the house singing a little song. And her dad had just won the league with City. Just got 100 points in the league, actually. Does she care? Haaaaa! Mate, she don’t give two Scooby-Doos about Manchester City. She’s Liverpool through and through.“So she’s running through the halls — and I swear to God she runs exactly like her dad. Chest puffed way out, back arched, hand flapping about a bit. She’s running through the halls like Raheem Sterling, and you know what she’s singing?  Mo Salah! Mo Salah! Mo Salah! Runnin’ down the wing! Salahhhhh la la la la la la la! Egyptian king!” Raheem Sterling in action for Liverpool in 2014 center_img Raheem Sterling in action for England at the 2018 World Cup Raheem Sterling has given a revealing insight into his rise to stardom in an extraordinary piece for the Players’ Tribune.The Manchester City ace, currently in Russia as part of the England World Cup squad, has penned a powerful article in which he discusses his family, his tough upbringing, and the negative perceptions of him in the media. In the long piece, Sterling goes on to reveal how his mum advised him to turn down Arsenal for QPR as a youngster, describing it as “probably the best decision I ever made.”And he says his move to Liverpool in 2010 as a teenager proved to be the “turning point” in his life.“Liverpool wanted me, but it was three hours away from home,” he wrote. “And I’ll never forget sitting my mum down and telling her that I wanted to go. I love all my friends from my neighborhood. They’re still my best friends in the world. But at that time, there was a lot of crime and stabbings going on, and I felt like Liverpool was a chance for me to go away and just focus on football.“For two years, I went ghost. You can ask my friends. When we had a day off, I’d come back to London on the train for a day to see my mum, and then it was back to Liverpool. I was shut down from the world. Just building myself up as a footballer.“The club had me living with this older couple. They were in their 70s, and they really treated me like their own grandson. Every morning, I’d come down, and they’d have a bacon butty waiting for me. It was unbelievable. Beautiful garden out back. All these flowers, trees. It was like a different world.” Sterling also addressed the perception of him in the media.He has regularly been criticised in the tabloids – even being mocked for showing off pictures of a luxury bathroom in his house – and a tattoo of a gun on his leg recently created a frenzy.“You know, it’s sad that I even have to say this, but I’m going to say it anyway,” he said. “There’s a perception in certain parts of the media that I love ‘bling.’ I love diamonds. I love to show off. I really don’t understand where that comes from.“Especially when I bought my mum a house, it was unbelievable what some people were writing. I think it’s really sad that people do that. They hate what they don’t even know.“If people want to write about my mum’s bathroom in her house, all I have to tell you is that 15 years ago, we were cleaning toilets in Stonebridge and getting breakfast out of the vending machine. If anybody deserves to be happy, it’s my mum.”You can read the full interview in the Players’ Tribune here.last_img read more