Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has issued young winger Raheem Sterling a warning to stay focused on his footballing career.
The 18-year-old England international has had to deal with several off the field issues since his arrival from Queens Park Rangers three years ago and has been told to stabalise his life by his manager.
“He needs to have a clear mind in everything in his life,” said Rodgers.
“We mustn’t forget he is 18. We have an 18 and 17-year-old on the bench at the moment. He needs to stabilise his life, understand the remarkable opportunity he has at one of the biggest clubs in the world and focus everything on his career.
"Once he does that and he is clear in his mind, he has no distraction and we can get to the level of performance of the first four or five months of last year.”
“He is a good boy and had lots going on last year when he was put in the spotlight and he did well but now it’s about him focusing on his football.”
Sterling was cleared of an assault charge against his former girlfriend last week after she gave 'disappointing' evidence to support the prosecution's case, whilst he also a minor court case adjourned this week after being charged for failing to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency that he had sold his Mercedes Benz.
The youngster showed his maturity by featuring in the 1-0 Premier League defeat against Southampton last Saturday - only 24 hours after he had been cleared.
The Jamaican born starlet has made over 30 appearances for Liverpool already and is pushing for a place in England's potential World Cup squad for Brazil 2014.
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