Sterling inspired by Rodgers

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling says Brendan Rodgers has inspired him to raise his game and push himself into contention for an England World Cup place.

Last Updated: 01/04/14 at 06:42 Post Comment

Raheem Sterling: Put in a superb performance in the 4-0 win over Spurs

Raheem Sterling: Put in a superb performance in the 4-0 win over Spurs

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Sterling, 19, put in a man-of-the-match performance in the 4-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday - a result which sent Rodgers' side top of the table with six games remaining - and was watched by Roy Hodgson's assistant Ray Lewington.

However, Sterling is focused on what he can do to ensure Liverpool can claim their first title in 24 years.

"I worked really hard for the team, not just going forward but I looked to track back," he said.

"I think my work rate and my confidence have improved. I'm working for the team, pressing and really trying to get on the front foot.

"It was disappointing being on the bench for two games but I knew I had to be ready if I was called back and I am grateful to the manager for having the belief to put me in for a big game and the team got the win.

"It is great to have a manager who has belief in you; as a young player that is what you cry out for. I am just grateful to have a manager like that at this club."

Sterling says he is fortunate to have players such as Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge around him.

"I have been learning off the likes of Suarez and Sturridge and trying to bring it into match days," he added.

"The high-end players like Steven Gerrard always make sure your feet stay firmly on the floor but me as a person I don't think that will be a problem.

"I am just glad to be playing and long may it continue. There will never be a time when my feet are off the floor.

"I try to go home and switch off from football and think about the next game closer to it.

"I try to watch my performances probably two days after, when everything has settled down, and I go over my clips when I am more calm and ready to focus."

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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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