The world of football can only support a few narratives at any given time around an individual club or player; any more than that and it would collapse in on itself like a dying star. For Liverpool, last season revolved heavily around Raheem Sterling's will-he-or-won't-he contract negotiations, and now that the young forward got his way and moved down the road to Manchester, the narrative has come full circle back to Liverpool.
"I did what I thought was right at the time for me and my heart was saying that is what I should do," Sterling said ahead of Liverpool's visit to the Etihad Stadium where they face Manchester City after the international break. "It's what I have done and I have no regrets.
"They are both two big football clubs and I am just happy to be where I am and I am happy with my development at this moment in time. I want to continue my development and win trophies. Part of it was my development, trying to get myself better as a player, definitely help my club and definitely help my country in big tournaments."
Many have speculated as to whether or not the presence of Jürgen Klopp would have made a difference to Sterling's decision to move on, but there was more to Sterling's decision than just the manager. There is no doubt as to the immense quality of City's squad, and Sterling obvliously subscribes to the theory that if you want to be your best self, you have to play alongside the best.
"I go into training every day and see the players of that calibre that I am work with - like Vinny (Kompany), Sergio (Aguero), David (Silva), Joe (Hart)," he explained. "There is only one thing you can do and that is improve with players like that, who have been around for many years and achieving stuff. I am just happy to be in a squad like that and hopefully I can continue my development and win trophies in the future with the football club."
Fair enough. It's hard to begrudge a player the opportunity to develop his craft at the highest level, and if anything can be said about Sterling's opinions here, it's that they're benign, expected, and not really anything to get worked up about. It seems even Sterling's PR game has grown since leaving Liverpool.