Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been impressed with youngster Raheem Sterling’s relentless rise to consistent first-team football, backing the youngster to become one of the club’s greats if he continues to develop at this rate.
The 17-year old Sterling has already made 17 appearances across all competitions for the club this season and in addition to scoring his first senior goal earlier in the campaign, he created two goals during the Reds’ 3-0 win at home to Wigan on Saturday.
There has been some speculation that Sterling could look to further his career elsewhere but Rodgers has confirmed that the player is committed to continuing his electrifying form at Anfield.
“Raheem is in a real good place here. He has been given an opportunity here this season and he is thriving on it and enjoying the work. He will tie himself to a new contract because he wants to be here and he can be a great here at this football club,” Rodgers confidently told LiverpoolFC.tv.
The manager continued: “Coming off the back of his international debut and playing 86 minutes as well and then coming back here and playing 90 minutes and looking like he could play another 90 minutes at the end of the game… It’s just amazing.”
When asked to elaborate categorically on the player’s future, Rodger’s explained: “The message is very simple: we are trying to move the club forward over the next couple of years and there will be a little bit of pain along the way but there are not too many teams in the Premier League who are starting with three teenagers and he is one of our outstanding players.
“We want him to continue to grow, and others. And why would you want to leave one of the biggest clubs in world football? So it’s a no brainer.”
While Liverpool have developed some consistency in going on a seven-match unbeaten run in the league, they must now focus on attaining the same level of stability in the Europa League when they host Young Boys on Thursday.