Liverpool fans might act indifferent about his departure, but it must have hurt to watch academy product Raheem Sterling leave the club.
Sure, he was QPR’s academy product first but let’s not be finicky.
The fact is that Liverpool helped to develop Sterling into one of the best young players in world football. That’s not simply English hyperbole.
The 20-year-old probably isn’t worth £49 million, but he has already been to a World Cup and starred in the Champions League, as well as being integral to a Premier League title bid.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers tried not to sound hurt when he spoke at a press conference about the protege who turned out to be more Anakin Skywalker than Luke Skywalker.