Sterling admits that his shyness held him back at Anfield.
Raheem Sterling has been enjoying a brilliant season at Liverpool in 2013/14, but the winger admits that he used to be in too much awe of Luis Suarez.
Sterling first made an impression on the first team last campaign, making 24 Premier League appearances, but has revealed that his shyness held him back.
“I realised I need to stop being shy among the senior boys. The best way of proving yourself is on the pitch. I had to be more confident,” the 19-year-old was quoted by the Mirror.
“I wasn’t confident enough to have a shot myself and instead I’d pass it to someone like Luis Suarez. I needed to be more confident again – you have to respect the senior players around you but you have to stamp your own mark on the game.”
This term Sterling has played 23 matches in all competitions, scoring four goals and providing six assists and has been impressing many people.
So much so in fact that the winger is being touted as an outside candidate to make Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Sterling already has one cap for the Three Lions under Hodgson and the teenager’s pace, trickery and willingness to run at defenders could give the starlet an unpredictability that would be a real asset.
As for the Reds, they have been performing brilliantly this term and are currently fourth in the league after 24 matches and are on course to reach the Champions League places for the first time since 2009.
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