Liverpool starlet targets top-four finish


Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling believes Liverpool can achieve a top four finish next season.

The club haven't featured in Europe's top competition since the 2009/10 campaign and failed to even qualify for the Europa League last season.

Sterling thinks that after the foundations laid by Brendan Rodgers during his first season, the club will be among Europe's elite sooner rather than later.

"We just need to get a good start to the next season and hopefully maintain that, and 100 per cent I think we've got a good chance of finishing in the top four," Sterling told the club's official website.

The 18-year old has made great strides in the last 12 months making 25 league appearances last season, after making only three the previous campaign.

The Jamaica-born winger made his England debut last November against Sweden but injury has meant he has sat out the last part of the season.

But Sterling knows what he needs to do in order for his career to progress.

"For me at Liverpool, 100 per cent it's about cementing a starting place in the team, getting a good run of games and hopefully getting some goals for the club, and obviously assists as well," Sterling added. "If I do that then hopefully I'll get a pick for the England squad."

As a 17-year old, Sterling was given his senior debut by Kenny Dalglish at the end of the 2011/12 season. But it's been under Rodgers that his career has come to life.

Sterling has nothing but praise for the former Swansea manager who has given the young starlet a chance this season.

"I can't talk any more highly of him as a person, not just as a manager," he said of Rodgers. "He's a top guy. He's one of those who isn't only interested if you're playing well at that moment. He looks at players who are not playing or young players.

"Liverpool should be really grateful they've got a manager like that."


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