Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling was destined for a bright future at the club from the moment he walked through the door, according to first-team coach Mike Marsh.
Sterling, who turned 18 earlier this month, is set to sign a five-year contract in the coming days, warding off interest from the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea. Sterling's progress has been swift since arriving from QPR aged 15 but Marsh, who was coaching at the academy at the time, instantly knew they had a star in the making.
"I was his coach on the night he came for his first day of training in the under-16s," said Marsh, who was promoted from under-18s manager to Brendan Rodgers' coaching staff. "He was only 15 and the local lads - they're quite feisty - decided to test him in one or two challenges and he didn't shirk a challenge."
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