Brendan Rodgers has backed Raheem Sterling to take his career to a ‘new level’ this season, having witnessed the teenager’s superb pre-season performances.
Sterling was one of the stars for Liverpool last season, scoring 10 goals in all competitions and winning a place in England’s World Cup squad.
The 19-year-old appears to have picked up where he left off last season, with some superb performances in pre-season – most recently in the 4-0 drubbing of Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on Sunday.
And his manager insists there is more to come from Sterling this season.
The Liverpool manager said: “Something we said to Raheem when he first broke into the team, and something we’ve reiterated, is that you have to have an identity as a player.
“The identity he has is to score goals and create goals. That’s what the job is. He scored 10 goals last year and this kid is only going to get better. When you’re so young, it’s important to understand exactly what your role is. Not just look good, you have to be efficient and effective. His development has gone to a new level. He’s way above the level from when he first came in.
“Tactically, technically, and what has been beautiful to watch with Raheem has been his maturity. He’s turning into a beautiful young man, with all the responsibility. He’s taking it all in his stride and now he’s in a good place with every part of his game. It’s just about maintaining that commitment to his work. He’s still only 19, but in big games he’s performed and he’s a wonderful talent.”