After seven glittering seasons at Manchester City, Thomas Tuchel signed the 28-year-old in July as the club invested heavily in new owner Todd Boehly’s first full season at the helm.
Since then Sterling has seen both Tuchel, and his successor Graham Potter sacked with interim boss Bruno taking charge for just one game before a returning Frank Lampard took over with the club languishing in mid-table, and with Premier League safety yet to be mathematically assured.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the England international lamented his maiden season in west London but insisted that he is taking positives from the newfound challenge.
‘Personally, this is one of the lowest points in my career. This might sound a bit weird, but it is also a great learning curve.
It’s been pretty smooth sailing winning, winning and winning but sometimes in life stuff gets thrown at you and it is a challenge that I’m looking forward to, hitting it head on and not trying to hide from it.
‘It will only make me stronger and also the group stronger. These challenges, not in just football but life as well, it’s crucial to how we deal with things and how we kick on after.”
After hitting double figures for league goals in each of his last five campaigns in Manchester, Sterling has netted just four times in the Premier League this season, most recently in a draw with Nottingham Forest on New Year’s Day.
The club have yet to confirm who will take charge next season, but former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is the overwhelming favourite after Julian Nagelsmann pulled out of the running last month.