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2 Mar 2016

Anfield Boost: Boss confirms 'outstanding' attacker 'will start' Liverpool game tonight. Good news?

On Sunday, ex-Red Raheem Sterling delivered a masterclass in poor finishing, and his wastefulness in front of goal could've - and should've - cost Man City the League Cup final. Sterling's lack of composure in front of goal is nothing new to Liverpool fans, and the good news is that England's most expensive ever signing will another opportunity to waste golden chances at Anfield tonight, which can only be a good thing for Liverpool.

In his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, City boss Manuel Pellegrini confirmed:

“I don't know the starting XI but one player I know will start is Raheem Sterling. It's important for him to play under pressure, it doesn't matter who against or where they play.”

At Liverpool, Sterling - repeatedly (and tediously) described as 'outstanding' by Brendan Rodgers - regularly went through long barren spells (which I highlighted regularly) and he's currently on one at City:

* Just one goal in the last seventeen league matches (hasn't scored a single league goal this year).

* Overall: Four goals in the last 24 games (all competitions).

* Only TWO league assists all season, with that last coming in November 2015.

* Shooting accuracy (League): 7%. Scores a goal once every 13 shots.

£44m (plus add-ons) for this? The Sterling transfer was glorious daylight robbery from Liverpool, and it was so refreshing to see the Reds turn the tables and - for once - fleece another club for an overprice English player.

Hopefully, Sterling's barren run and abject finishing ability will continue at Anfield tonight.

Author: Jaimie K


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