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Rodgers launches new £18m facility in Liverpool

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was the guest of honour at a local secondary school for the launch of the opening of an £18m investment in new facilities that hopes to find the 'next Raheem Sterling'.

Rainhill High School in Liverpool opened a new 3G pitch today that hopes to play a part in finding the next Liverpool star of the future.

Funded by the Premier League and developed by the Football Foundation, the £18m investment over three years aims to improve local sports facilities for kids across Liverpool.

Liverpool Football Club and Rainhill High School have a close working relationship dating back to 2009.

The school teaches Liverpool academy players from under-12 level all the way through to the under-21s.

The Liverpool club website notes that past students at the school include Raheem Sterling, Jordan Ibe - the latest Reds academy star who has been dubbed the 'next Sterling' - and Jordan Rossiter.

At the grand opening, Rodgers said: "It's great to see first-hand the difference that this Premier League funded pitch will make to the students here and the community."

The Liverpool academy has produced some of the best England internationals over the last 10 years, including Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard.

And academy director Frank McParland hopes the tie-in with Rainhill will continue to reap rewards for both parties.

"We've built a really strong relationship with Rainhill over the last few years," said the Liverpool academy boss.

"They play a crucial role in helping to educate our young players off the pitch. They will now play another crucial role within the local community."

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