Raheem Sterling states beating former club Liverpool to title is 'exactly why he came to Manchester City'

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Raheem Sterling expressed his delight after his Manchester City side pipped former club Liverpool to the Premier League title on the final day of the season.

Needing victory to secure back-to-back championship wins, goals from Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan saw City run out comfortable 4-1 winners against Brighton at the AMEX stadium.

The result meant City finished above Liverpool, despite the Reds beating Wolves 2-0 at Anfield.

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“I’m delighted. This is exactly what I came to the club for” Sterling said speaking to Sky Sports after the game. “To win trophies, to be in these moments and I’m just happy to pick up my second Premier League medal.

“It’s fantastic, it’s been an amazing day.”

PFA young player of the year Sterling swapped Merseyside for Manchester in an ill-tempered £44m move in 2015.

However, the England winger seems to have no regrets about move and expressed his joy playing under Pep Guardiola.

“The manager. His mentality here is the best,” Sterling added. “His mentality is always about winning.”

“No matter what game it is. It’s always about winning.

“That’s a credit to him and how he sets us up. I’m just happy to be here working, learning and winning another Premier League.”

Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and John Stones with the Premier League Trophy (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images)
Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and John Stones with the Premier League Trophy (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images)

Guardiola himself was overjoyed at winning his second successive Premier League title but admitted this difficult challenge posed by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.

He said: “We have to say congratulations to Liverpool and thank you so much. They helped us to push and to increase our standard this season.

“To win the title, we had to win 14 games in a row. We knew for three months we couldn’t drop a single point. And we did it playing in all competitions apart from the Champions League semi-final.

“Liverpool helped us to be consistent. It was the toughest league title I’ve won in my career.”

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Captain Vincent Kompany also paid tribute to the Anfield outfit, who finished their league campaign with an incredible 97 points.

“Liverpool were exceptional this year. I don’t mean to rub it in, it is what it is. There didn’t deserve to be a loser,” he explained.

“But it makes me so happy to compete against such a good team all season”

Kompany pinpointed City’s 2-1 victory over the Reds at the Etihad as the turning point in the title race - Liverpool’s only defeat of the season.

He added: “When our backs were against the wall, we won at the Etihad and that made the difference and until now, we have been able to stay in front.

City are on course to complete an unprecedented domestic treble next weekend when they face Watford in the FA Cup final at Wembley, having already won the Carabao Cup earlier this season.

“We’re looking forward to the FA Cup Final,” Kompany said. “We’ll be celebrating but we’ll be thinking of that next game on Saturday.”

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