Sterling assured over Liverpool role

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Raheem Sterling is very much part of his first-team plans for the rest of the season.

The 19-year-old from Harlesden struggled to hold down a place in the Reds side before being handed a starting spot by Rodgers for the last three matches.

Sterling missed good chances to score during Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of West Ham at Anfield.

But Rodgers told Liverpool’s website: “He’s a terrific young player to have. He will always be important for us this season.

“He didn’t play so much in the opening months, but you can see that he’s a real threat when he’s at the top of his game.

“He’ll be disappointed, he should have scored – he had a couple of very good chances. But confidence is returning for him.

“He’s making some great runs beyond, it’s just if he can get that bit of composure. He slipped a couple of times when he was in good positions.”



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