Former Liverpool player Steve McMahon has slammed Raheem Sterling, saying his £49m move to Manchester City was “disgraceful”.
McMahon is angered by the antics of Sterling before his move to Manchester City was finalised after the England international cited illness for his no-show at Reds pre-season training.
Sterling demanded a move and refused to sign a new-and-improved £100k-a-week deal, with his agent Aidy Ward saying his client would not extend his contract with the club even for “£900k-a-week”.
McMahon, who made 204 league appearances for the Reds between 1985 and 1991, went as far as to say that Sterling had “disrespected” the club.
“As soon as Raheem said he wanted to leave there was no coming back,” McMahon told the Liverpool Echo.
“He has disrespected everything about Liverpool – all the core values at Liverpool that players are brought up on.
“It’s a wonderful place to be. There’s a way of doing things. Okay, things happen when agents get involved, but you’ve got to show respect to people and Raheem didn’t do that.
“You have to respect your peers and the staff at Liverpool Football Club.
“Lots of players move on gracefully but he’s moved disgracefully in my opinion.”
Sterling made an immediate impact with his new club, scoring just minutes into his debut as City defeated Serie A giants AS Roma on penalties in an International Champions Cup clash in Melbourne on Monday.
He was booed by some sections of the crowd and there’s no doubt he’ll cop plenty of stick from opposition fans – especially when City play Liverpool at Anfield next March.
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