Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling added to his growing reputation with a five-goal haul in the FA Youth Cup last night.
The Academy side ran out 9-0 winners in an emphatic FA Youth cup last 16 clash, proving that their is great potential coming through the ranks at Liverpool.
It was 16-year-old Sterling who stole the show at Anfield last night though, and manager Rodolfo Borrell was keen to keep the player's feet on the ground after a stunning performance.
"To score goals is massive for any player and he is a player with a lot of potential, everybody can see this," Borrell told the official Liverpool website post-match.
"Don't forget he is an U16 player and that's what makes the performance even more impressive but we must protect this player and it's too soon to think this player is a star."
Reflecting on the overall performance, Borrell was also impressed with the professional manner in which his young Liverpool team went about their business against Southend.
"I am really pleased with the performance of the lads, especially with it being at Anfield," he continued.
"I was expecting a tough game because Southend have some good players, but we started really well and with the goals we scored so quickly it made it easier for us. I'm quite happy with our overall display."
Liverpool won the race to sign Sterling back in March 2010, with the player leaving QPR for Merseyside rather than Manchester United or Arsenal for an undisclosed fee.
An England U17 international, Sterling is seen as a star of the future, and whilst he's unlikely to break into the senior fold anytime soon his performance will not have gone unnoticed by Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish.
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