Raheem Sterling has praised his former manager Brendan Rodgers in the lead up to Manchester City’s meeting with Celtic this week.
The Sky Blues face the Scottish giants in the second game of the Champions League group stage on Thursday morning.
Sterling registered 98 apperances for Liverpool while Rodgers was in charge of the side, but drew wide criticism for the manner of his departure to the Etihad at the beginning of last season.
The English attacker, however, had nothing but kind words to say about his previous manager.
“He’s someone who gave me my full chance in the Premier League and gave me loads of starts and loads of confidence,” said Sterling after Saturday’s win over Swansea.
“It will be good to see him again and wish him well, but on the day it all comes down to trying to win that football match. He was massive for me. Every manager that I’ve worked with I’ve tried to learn as much as I can and he’s one that I definitely learnt a lot off. Credit to him he was a fantastic guy.
“In terms of playing me in different positions, making me understand the roles and maturing in certain systems. He gave me a lot of confidence as well.”
Sterling netted the final goal of City’s 3-1 victory over the Swans, taking his tally to an impressive four goals and five assists over all competitions since the season began.
“It’s something I need to keep doing…I’ve had a few chances over the last couple of years and I just need to finish them off and that’s what’s really going to make me the player I want to be — scoring more goals,” he said.