Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has revealed that Brendan Rodgers gave him crucial pieces of advice to succeed as a footballer.
The youngster became a regular in the Liverpool side when the Northern Irishman took the helm at Anfield in 2012, and quickly became one of the Premier League's brightest stars.
However, after a promising start the former QPR man's form dipped significantly, caused by off-field antics and had a long run sitting on the side-lines at the Merseyside club.
After a difficult period for the 19-year-old, Sterling soon again found top form and became an integral player in Liverpool's almost title clinching effort as well as becoming an England regular.
Speaking to LFC Xtra, the winger said it was Rodgers' words of wisdom that caused him to thrive on the pitch.
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"He has taught me to play in numerous different positions and adapt to different positons, being able to work and be effective in each of them," Sterling stated.
"The best piece of advice I've been given is to live, eat and sleep football. It was great advice given to me by the manager, and it has helped me going forward."
Since making his Anfield debut in March 2012 against Wigan Athletic, the teenager has became a regular in Rodgers' starting XI.
He's already racked up 93 apperances for the five time European cup winners and netted 15 times and started in every one of Liverpool's Premier League games this season.
The Reds have had a dismal start to the season, sitting just 11th in the table as well as facing a struggle to qualify for the knock-out stages of the Champions League. New signings such as Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic have yet to make an impact at the club and Daniel Sturridge who scored 21 goals in the top flight last season has been out injured for the most part.
Sterling however is only one of few who have started brightly and looked a threat.
The Jamician-native has been superb form thus far, being a threat wherever he plays. He's blessed with wicked pace as well as excellent ball skills and has improved his strength when on the ball.
Advice on board
The Three Lions regular has evidently taken his manager's advice on board.
This season, we've saw Sterling play in a number of roles. Mostly, he's played out wide, however he drifts inside too which caused problems for the oppositions defence. He's also played in the number ten role, just behind the striker were he did well and has too
Gunning for silverware
Since his move to Merseyside in 2012, Sterling still awaits his first trophy at Liverpool. He was still in the academy when the Reds won the League Cup in 2012 and saw his side miss out on the Premier League by two points last season to Manchester City.
That effort has given the 19-year-old a taste for silverware and when asked where he hopes he'll be in five years time, he replied:
"Hopefully winning trophies with Liverpool, doing well for England and trying to be at the peak of my game at that time."
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