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Steven Gerrard says Raheem Sterling must improve finishing

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Steven Gerrard believes Raheem Sterling must improve his ability to finish chances if he is to reach his full potential.

The former Liverpool captain was present at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night and saw the £49million man miss two glaring opportunities as Manchester City lost 2-1 to Juventus in their opening Champions League group game.

In what was a tightly contested match, finishing off either chance would have made a vital difference to the end result, and could prove fatal in their attempts to escape Group D.

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Sterling scored his first goal for the Citizens in a Premier League clash against Watford last month but doubts over his ability to finish remain. Gerrard is one such critic. 

Having helped to blood Sterling through the ranks at Anfield, Gerrard is well aware of Sterling's strengths and weaknesses. He believes the 20-year-old will have to improve his finishing if he is ever to live up to his price tag.

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Need for improvement

"I think at this point in his career he is trying to add goals to his game," Gerrard said on BT Sport.
"It is something that he does need to sharpen up on.

"It's on his left foot [the second-half chance] but you need to show a bit more power and a bit more accuracy there. It's a great save, but he needs to do better.

"For me, I think Raheem will be very disappointed he hasn't scored a goal tonight. He's still a young boy. He's gone there [to City] with a big price tag and there's big pressure on him. At this level, you've got to deliver. It is something he needs to brush up on very quickly."

Faith from the manager

Sterling become the most expensive English player of all time after completing his controversial move from Liverpool to Manchester City this summer.

He took the record from Andy Carroll, a man who famously failed to live up to the £35m Liverpool paid Newcastle United to sign him.

The pressure of a high price tag is something many players before him have succumbed to, but Manuel Pellegrini believes Sterling will eventually prove value for money.

He told reporters: "Sterling will be a very dangerous player. Maybe we were criticised for the amount we paid for him but I am sure he will demonstrate during the year, especially against the big teams, why he was valued so much.

"Last year, he scored 11 in all competitions. I am sure this season he will improve."

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Raheem Sterling
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