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Top four target for Sterling

Raheem Sterling is confident Brendan Rodgers can lead Liverpool back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League next season.

Last Updated: 10/06/13 at 09:25 Post Comment

Raheem Sterling: Top four has to be the aim for Liverpool

Raheem Sterling: Top four has to be the aim for Liverpool

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The Anfield side have not qualified for the Champions League since 2009-10 but Sterling feels the foundations Rodgers laid last season will see the club return to Europe's elite sooner rather than later.

Liverpool showed top four form over the second half of last season and Sterling has nothing but praise for Rodgers, who had to fight off his fair share of criticism after making a slow start in his new job.

"We just need to get a good start to the next season and hopefully maintain that, and 100 per cent I think we've got a good chance of finishing in the top four," said Sterling.

"I can't talk any more highly of Brendan as a person, not just as a manager.

"He's a top guy. He's one of those who isn't only interested if you're playing well at that moment. He looks at players who are not playing or young players.

"Liverpool should be really grateful they've got a manager like that.

"For me, 100 per cent it's about cementing a starting place in the team, getting a good run of games and hopefully getting some goals for the club, and obviously assists as well," said Sterling.

"If I do that then hopefully I'll get a pick for the England squad."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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