Liverpool fans’ ‘extreme abuse’ of Raheem Sterling led to England bust-up with Joe Gomez, says Trevor Sinclair
Liverpool fans’ ‘extreme abuse’ of Raheem Sterling is partly to blame for the Manchester City star’s clash with Joe Gomez on England duty, believes Trevor Sinclair.
Sterling has been dropped for the Three Lions’ landmark 1000th international game against Montenegro after a bust-up with Gomez when the players arrived at St George’s Park on Monday.
The pair were involved in an altercation during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Man City on Sunday, and it appears the tensions from the match spilled over when the winger and defender met up again.
It is claimed Sterling got into Gomez’s face straight after his arrival at the international camp, and was trying to ‘provoke a physical confrontation’ by asking the Liverpool ace if he still thought he was a ‘big man’ following their clash at Anfield.
Other sources claim Sterling grabbed Gomez by the throat, and that ‘shocked’ England team-mates thought the City star was joking before splitting the pair apart.
Sterling got a rough time on his latest return to Anfield. The 24-year-old, who has been cast as a villain on Merseyside ever since his sour Reds exit in 2015, was booed by supporters with his every touch on the ball and he also clashed with Reds defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.
And Sinclair believes the abuse he received from Liverpool fans ‘added fuel to the fire’ before he linked up with an England squad that features four Reds players.
Speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Man City and Three Lions winger said: “Raheem will be disappointed that he let his emotions get the better of him, but there is a prejudice against Raheem from the Liverpool fans, that he’s a greedy so-and-so.
“He moved to Manchester City because he wanted to win trophies and he’s won six major trophies since signing for them.
“Now, how can Liverpool fans be calling him out? He went there as a young player, he gave everything for the red shirt when he was there, and he was sold for a record fee. Why is there hatred towards him?
“This has definitely added fuel to the fire; I don’t think Raheem reacts in this way [towards Gomez] if the fans aren’t singing that. It’s a hatred that everyone could hear in the stadium and everyone could hear on the TV.
“I don’t know how this is not getting dealt with because I don’t feel one player should have that extreme abuse against him.
“We all know Raheem Sterling – he’s a diamond of a player, he’s an inspiration to millions and let’s get it right, if England had a few more players like Raheem we’d be in a good place.”
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