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Rumour Mongering: Raheem Sterling Hints at Liverpool Return

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Except that he didn’t. But with football on hold and the tabloids desperate that’s how the story’s being spun.

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With football on hold as the world fights to contain the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of places are scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to finding content to talk about. Which means some of the transfer rumours are even sillier than usual.

For proof, take today’s latching-on to an innocuous, nice-making statement by Manchester City star and ex-Red Raheem Sterling where he said he still loves Liverpool but also warned people they shouldn’t twist him saying that into anything more than it is.

Queue a few dozen headlines screaming about Sterling’s “undying love” for the Reds and how he “refuses to rule out” a return. Both of which seem like they’re doing a fair bit of twisting, but what else can a tabloid do when there’s no football on?

“Would I ever go back to Liverpool?” Sterling replied in a Q&A on Instagram as he, too, tried to pass the time. “To be honest with you I love Liverpool. Don’t get it twisted, they are always in my heart. It’s a team that done a lot for me growing up.”

The Mirror, The Mail, and Goal have all now run with stories that go out of their way to turn that into a pending Liverpool move. Even The Liverpool Echo paint it as a “hints at transfer return” statement. Which, let’s be perfectly honest, it really isn’t.

Like it says right on the tin, don’t get it twisted. He’s a player who is where he is today in large part because of his time with the Reds. Despite the acrimonious exit he retains fond feelings as a result of that. End of story. Move on.