Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes Raheem Sterling will be a 'phenomenal talent' for the Anfield club and for England.

The Reds and England skipper played alongside Sterling for Roy Hodgson's Three Lions on Tuesday night as the 17-year-old made his debut, and Gerrard was full of praise for the youngster.

Sterling, who is also eligible to play for Jamaica, was composed on his England debut, and although he gave the ball away cheaply on occasion, Gerrard believes the young winger will become a top player.

"We had a 17-year-old making his debut who was brilliant," Gerrard said in The Sun. "So it goes to show how far he has come in a short space of time.

"He has learned really quickly in a Liverpool shirt and he will do the same for England. He will be a phenomenal talent."

Sterling made his Liverpool debut under Kenny Dalglish last season, but it has only been since Brendan Rodgers took charge at Anfield that the youngster has stepped into the first-team on a regular basis.

The teenage winger scored his first goal against Reading earlier this month, and has formed part of an impressive attacking trio alongside Suso and Luis Suarez for Liverpool.

The Reds have reaped the rewards of their academy this term, as Brendan Rodgers has promoted Sterling, Suso, and Andre Wisdom to the first-team, while Adam Morgan and Conor Coady have made Europa League appearances.

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