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EPL: Man City boss back Raheel Sterling ahead of Liverpool clash

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini backs ex-Liverpool star to shine on his Anfield return

Liverpool: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has backed Raheem Sterling to shine on his Anfield return.
Sterling will play at Liverpool for the first time since his acrimonious £49million departure last summer as City travel to Merseyside today.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini backs ex-Liverpool star to shine on his Anfield return
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini backs ex-Liverpool star to shine on his Anfield return

The 21-year-old had a poor game when the sides met at the Etihad Stadium in November but performed much better against them — one bad miss in front of goal aside — in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

In both matches he took stick from sections of Liverpool fans.

Manuel Pellegrini on Raheem Sterling
Manuel Pellegrini on Raheem Sterling

Pellegrini said: "I don’t know which will be the starting XI on Wednesday but one player I am sure will start is Raheem Sterling.

Dealing with pressure
"He’s a young player — he’s starting his career — and knows how to deal with the pressure. He will maybe receive the same treatment when he arrives at Anfield but I’m absolutely sure he can play without any problem.

"I don’t have any doubt at all. It is important for him to play under pressure. I have 100 per cent trust in Raheem and I am sure he will be an important player in the game.

"In the way he played the other day, he demonstrated that he worked for 95 minutes, always concentrating on the game.

He missed a goal but that can happen to any player.

"He was very difficult for (Nathaniel) Clyne in the one v one. I can understand after that game that he can play under pressure."

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