Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has revealed that Liverpool's failure to win the Premier League pushed him to join the Citizens.
Sterling, who left Merseyside for Manchester in July 2015 for £49m, has since gone on to win the league twice under Pep Guardiola, with both an FA Cup triumph and two League Cup victories also recorded.
And, as revealed in an in-depth interview with GQ for the Magazine's upcoming cover story, the England international explained that it was this desire for trophies that pushed him into searching for pastures new at such a young age.
Sterling explained: "When I got into Liverpool I said if I haven’t won the Premier League by the time I’m 21 I need to look at my options and see what I’m doing there.
"I put that into place from a young age. And I came to City and won my first Premier League.
"It’s just good to know what I’ve set out to do - what we’ve set out as a team to do - is going as planned."
The 24-year-old has also succeeded on an individual level, winning both the PFA Young Player of the Year award for 2018/19 and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year gong of the same year.
And it is not just on the field that Sterling has found success in recent times, with the Jamaican-born Englishman receiving plenty of plaudits for his handling of a racist incident at Stamford Bridge, which also involved a public haranguing of certain media outlets.
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Good morning I just want to say , I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to heard I will speak up. Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better. For example you have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing. Which is buy a new house for there mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are, but look how the news papers get there message across for the young black player and then for the young white payer. I think this in unacceptable both innocent have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded. This young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism an aggressive behaviour, so for all the news papers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all i have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity an give all players an equal chance.
Speaking on the infamous Instagram post that sparked this, Sterling revealed that he consulted both Fabian Delph and now-departed club captain Vincent Kompany before he sent it out, explaining: "They are two people I love and respect who tell me exactly how it is and they’re honest with me. They both loved it and from their reaction I thought, 'Yeah, cool'."