Raheem Sterling has insisted that his relationship with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and the rest of the Reds squad did not sour significantly prior to his move to Manchester City.
The England international left Anfield in the summer under a cloud of discontent, having turned down a £100,000-a-week contract offer from Liverpool. Reds fans were left infuriated by Sterling's desire to leave the club, and he was routinely booed.
After requesting not to go on Liverpool's pre-season tour to Asia and amidst suggestions that he had refused to train, Sterling completed a £49million move to City.
However, while reports in the press said that his relationship with Rodgers was all but nonexistent in the period leading up to his exit, Sterling has said this was not the case.
“When everything was going on and it was in the papers every day, everyone at Liverpool was top-notch," he told the Guardian.
"I spoke to the manager every day. I spoke to all the players.
"Everyone outside the club made it out as being something really bad but there was no problem with the manager or the other players.
"The manager even invited me over to his house to talk. It wasn’t anything like as bad as people made out.”
Sterling said that he has been impressed with what he has seen at City thus far, and believes his switch to the Etihad will make him a better player.
“The tempo, the passing, the two-touch movement in training; it’s really surprised me,” he explained.
“It’s really sharp, really good to be involved in. There are more experienced players here. Obviously, Liverpool had many great players as well but the players here have been at the highest level for many years and you can definitely see that on the training pitch.”