Sterling grateful for Rodgers influence


    Raheem Sterling admits he owes a lot to Brendan Rodgers for his rapid progress this season.

    The 19-year-old winger has established himself as a crucial first team player for the Reds this season, contributing with important goals and assists and consistent performances in big games.

    Raheem Sterling

    The youngster has also put himself firmly in Roy Hodgson’s plans for the summer’s World Cup, and is aware he owes a debt of gratitude to the Reds boss for his guidance since his arrival in the summer of 2012.

    “He has helped me a lot; not just with my football, but if I need someone to talk to off the field, he is there for me,” he said on the BBC’s Football Focus programme.

    “He has helped me massively, especially on the pitch. I’ve really got to give credit to him and thank him a lot.”

    Sterling was involved as a second half substitute as the Reds secured a nervy but crucial three points over Sunderland on Wednesday evening.

    The result left the Reds heading into the weekend’s Premier League fixtures just a single point behind leaders Chelsea, and the young forward was keen to highlight the sense of belief around the current squad.

    “There’s really good belief around the squad now, there’s togetherness in the squad,” he added.

    “We’re all working for each other, we all know what the dream is. Hopefully we’ll go from here and just keep climbing the table.”


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