Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling hails Brendan Rodgers influence

Raheem Sterling Euro 2016

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Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling says manager Brendan Rodgers has played a crucial role in his development as a footballer.

Sterling has firmly established himself as a first-team regular during Rodgers’ time in charge at Anfield and has also forced his way into the starting line-up for England, with the 19-year-old included in the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and next week’s friendly with Scotland.

Rodgers came agonisingly close to ending the Reds’ lengthy wait for a league title last season but they have endured a stuttering start this term and currently lie 11th in the table, 15 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

The manager has received criticism from some sections of the club’s support and the media over the course of the season to date, and Sterling has now moved to back the Liverpool boss.

“The best piece of advice I’ve been given is to live, eat and sleep football. It was great advice given to me by the manager, and it has helped me going forward,” Sterling told LFC Xtra.

“He has taught me to play in numerous different positions and adapt to different positions, being able to work and be effective in each of them.”

Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace after the international break and they can be backed at 1.75 to take all three points at Selhurst Park. A win for the Eagles is available at 4.06 and a draw is priced at 3.54.

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