Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt youngster Raheem Sterling responded with a "fantastic" performance after being thrown into the action against Manchester City.
New boss Rodgers had no qualms about handing the 17-year-old forward his first Barclays Premier League start and he repaid the faith with an eye-catching display. The pacy Sterling gave the City defence, particularly Kolo Toure, plenty to think about as part of a three-man attack with Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini during a pulsating 2-2 draw.
"It was an easy decision. I said when I first came in, I wouldn't judge people on their status, on what they are or what they have done, but on what I see in front of me," Rodgers said.
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