Before the line-ups for Liverpool’s clash against Manchester City in the Champions League were released, everyone wondered just who out of Kevin De Bruyne and Mo Salah would come out on top and tip the scales in one side’s favour.
Both have been brilliant all season, and are the stand out contenders for Player of the Season, and all the focus before the all-English tie was on them.
However, there was an interesting sub plot – how well Raheem Sterling would perform at Anfield given his time at Liverpool and the way the fans now see him – yet City manager Pep Guardiola decided to remove him from the firing line and opt for Gondogan instead and many Liverpool fans thought Sterling had been dropped because he couldn’t cope with the crowd and would be ‘pocketed’ by their full back.
Both City and Liverpool fans took to Twitter to talk about Sterling being missing, and it was some read.
Best of Twitter
Sad to see no Sterling, Robetson could pocket him again! We've made City change the way they play with Sane & Jesus up front instead of a front 3. Also Laporte left back… https://t.co/wZgwgpDeRD
— LFC KNOWLEDGE (@LFCknowledge) April 4, 2018
Pep really dropped Sterling
— Blek Penther (@Yinkz10) April 4, 2018
Absolutely, much as I like Sterling he’s let the crowd get to him every time. Good move by Pep imho.
— Scott Elliott (@scottelliott99) April 4, 2018
I dk it’s such an important game it must be tactical or he thinks really lowly of Sterling’s mental strength. Maybe he thinks Mane and Robertson won’t get much joy against Gundogan.
— The Era of Hudson Odoi (@TheOdoiEra) April 4, 2018
Tactical from Pep to drop sterling as he always has a disasterclass against us
— . (@CIinicalSaIah) April 4, 2018
Sterling bottled it I see #snake
— Kevin Wade (@kevwadey) April 4, 2018
Clever from Pep not starting Sterling.
— Chris Munday (@CMunday14) April 4, 2018
NO. STERLING OVER GUNDOGAN!!!!
— Brandon UALR (@UARKAlumBrandon) April 4, 2018
First victory Sterling shit out
— Miler (@clarko66) April 4, 2018
wow, i thought for sure sterling would start, especially given his substitution at the weekend
— Cody S (@rwbluemoon) April 4, 2018
No stones and sterling what a shame. https://t.co/lR6vXDHlLO
— الغوث | YNWA (@MIGhxxs) April 4, 2018