RAHEEM STERLING claims “frightening” Manchester City are ready to end their Liverpool hoodoo this afternoon.
Champions City have claimed victory just ONCE at Anfield since 1981 — and that was 16 years ago.
But former Reds winger Sterling, 24, said: “At first it was hard going back. But now it’s time to go there and produce.
“When we operate to our best as a team, attacking and defensively, then we are frightening. We just need to go there and play confidently. We know they are a good team but we are also a good team and we will give it everything.
“I see this as a game where you need to simply focus on your individual performances first and the collective performances. The rest will take care of itself.
“I think we have had difficult times there as a team but last season we went there and could have got the win at the end.”
Sterling spent five years with Liverpool before making the controversial switch to City in 2015.
The England star found it strange at first going back and seeing old friends — and his game suffered as a result.
But he scored against the Reds in the Community Shield in August and now feels differently.
He told Sport360: “It was weird at first, to see yourself in a different shirt and, against a club that’s done so much for you. It’s also emotional.
“But now I have matured past that and feel I have had some good games against them.
“Now I’ve got past that stage. It’s gone.
“It was a little thing but I’m now fully focused and fully ready.”