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Celtic v Manchester City: Raheem Sterling hails Rodgers as he relishes Euro reunion

Champions League

By Jack de Menezes

Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling has hailed former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of their Champions League reunion on Wednesday.

Celtic boss Rodgers gave Sterling his debut as a 17-year-old when the pair were together at Anfield, but the England international left in acrimonious circumstances to join City in July last year for £49m and, just months later, Rodgers was sacked.

Speaking ahead of City’s clash at Parkhead, Sterling said: “He’s someone who gave me my full chance in the Premier League and gave me loads of starts and loads of confidence.

“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.

“He gave me a lot of confidence as well.”

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