Familiar foe Sterling prime threat to Liverpool’s title charge

first_imgSterling shot to fame as a teenager in the 2013/14 season as a rollercoaster ride took Liverpool agonisingly close to ending their long wait to win a league title.Two years later, he left in acrimonious circumstances with Liverpool going backwards on the field and disputes over his contract off it.Four-and-a-half years on, there is no doubt who got the better end of the £50 million deal that took him to City.Sterling has flourished under Pep Guardiola, becoming a vital part of City’s two title-winning campaigns in the last two seasons, while Liverpool’s wait for a league crown has now stretched to 30 years.The England international is one of many tales of what might have been for Liverpool over the past three decades, but is also symbolic of how times have changed at Anfield.Sterling left just three months before Jurgen Klopp arrived to revitalise the Reds after a season in which they finished sixth, 17 points behind City.Liverpool have still yet to finish above the English champions in Klopp’s four seasons in charge, but the gap was down to a single point as City edged a titanic title race last season.– ‘All the credit’ for Sterling –Raheem Sterling has won the Premier League twice since leaving Liverpool for Manchester City © AFP / Paul ELLISAnd it is Liverpool who will start Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash with an early six-point lead over City in the title race.Sterling cannot be faulted for a sloppier start to the season by Guardiola’s men after two near-perfect campaigns.For club and country, Sterling has already scored 18 goals in 20 appearances, including his first against Liverpool as City won the Community Shield in August.“All the credit is for him,” said Guardiola after Sterling’s recent Champions League hat-trick against Atalanta. “His physicality is incredible. He’s strong the day after the game, he could play another game. He can play on both sides, is fast, defensively help us a lot, so is an extraordinary player.”Sterling’s input at both ends of the field will be key if City are to somehow halt Liverpool’s momentum and inflict a first league defeat at Anfield for the hosts since April 2017.City’s defence has been decimated by a long-term injury to Aymeric Laporte, while goalkeeper Ederson is a doubt.Attack is likely to be the best form of defence for the visitors, but Sterling will also be forced to keep an eye on one of Liverpool’s most potent attacking outlets in right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.“He’s crucial for us, you need this type of player, a game-changing player, and he is probably the one player who can change everything for us,” said City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan on Sterling’s influence.“Just now it’s about consistency but he has shown in the last 12 to 18 months that he is able to be that consistent. He is among the five best attacking players in the world, definitely.”Sterling has won five major trophies and plenty more plaudits since moving to Manchester, but is yet to score or win in a City shirt at Anfield.End that drought and City will be well back in the hunt to inflict more title pain on his former employers.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling has scored 18 goals in 20 games for club and country this season © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 8 – Manchester City and Liverpool’s ascension to the two top dogs in the Premier League has seen every meeting in recent seasons met with increasing animosity, ahead of Sunday’s latest battle for supremacy.No player bears the brunt of that bad blood more than Raheem Sterling on his return to Anfield.last_img read more

Child murder case contentious

first_imgALHAMBRA – A prosecutor and defense attorneys argued Monday over whether it was clear to hospital officials who saw 2-year-old Sarah Chavez the night before she died that she was in danger.Because of time constraints, Alhambra Superior Court Judge Lisa B. Lench was unable to render a decision on the third day of the preliminary hearing for Armando Abundis Sr., 32, and Frances Abundis, 35, believed to be Sarah’s mother’s aunt. The couple has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, child abuse and assault in connection with the toddler’s slaying. Sarah was found dead in the Abundises’ Alhambra home by police after a 9-1-1 call by Frances Abundis the morning of Oct. 11, saying the child was not breathing.Frances Abundis, a heavy-set woman with long black hair pulled back in a ponytail, wept quietly several times Monday. Armando Abundis Sr., a small man with a thin mustache, showed little emotion in court.On the stand Thursday, Los Angeles County Coroner Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. David Whiteman, who performed Sarah’s autopsy, said the primary cause of the child’s death was a blow to the lower abdomen that must have been inflicted by an adult, which severed a portion of her small intestine.On the evening of Oct. 10, Sarah was brought into Monterey Park’s Garfield Medical Center with a broken arm by Frances Abundis and her mother. After about four hours, Abundis took Sarah out of the hospital, signing a form saying she was taking the child “against medical advice.” While at the hospital, Sarah was examined by Dr. Delores De Cruz and registered nurse Angela Chung, both of whom invoked their Fifth Amendment right not to speak at the hearing Thursday.Frances Abundis’ defense attorney, Alex Kessel, said De Cruz and Chung concluded the arm injury was not caused by child abuse after both examined an X-ray.Reading from his reports, Kessel noted that Chung said the fracture “was consistent with accidental injury,” saying Chung then mentioned that one of the other hospital nurses had a son who sustained a similar injury from falling a short distance off a swing.Kessel contended that his client removed Sarah from the hospital because the doctor told her that Sarah did not require emergency surgery. Kessel also said Frances Abundis was given the name of an orthopedic surgeon she could contact in the morning.In closing arguments, defense attorney for Armando Abundis Sr. Ronald Hedding said he doubted the credibility of Whiteman’s statements that the blow must have come from an adult. Kessel was in the middle of his final arguments when Lench had to stop the hearing for the day because the court reporter was leaving. The hearing will resume at 9 a.m. today in Alhambra Superior Court, Dept. W. [email protected](626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more