Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling admits a lack of first-team starts this season has been something of a frustration, but admits the most important thing for club as a whole is that the results continue to come on the pitch.
Sterling has made only one start in the Premier League so far this term, which came in the defeat of Crystal Palace thee weeks ago, and has been called off the bench on six occasions.
The Reds have an array of options in attacking positions, and the glut of creative talent available to Brendan Rodgers resulted in Sterling being utilised as a wing-back in his solitary start against Palace.
Liverpool have been in impressive form so far this season, currently two points behind league leaders Arsenal after eight games, and Sterling realises he has his work cut out if he hopes to force his way into the starting XI.
The 18-year-old, although disheartened by his amount of starts, is willing to bide his time, and is content with a position on the bench, as long as Liverpool continue to post positive results without him.
"I've not played as much as I'd have liked to, but the team are doing well and that's the most important thing at this moment in time," he told Liverpoolfc.com.
"Hopefully I'll get my chance and hopefully I'll take it. But the team has been great so far this season.
"My contribution has been coming off the bench and having to defend more than I'm used to. But as long as the team is winning, that's the most important thing. I'm not in a rush."