Raheem Sterling re-affirms what we've always known about Steven Gerrard

Winger full of admiration for England skipper.

Raheem Sterling has credited Steven Gerrard for helping him turn his career around at Liverpool.

The 19-year-old stands on the verge of playing at the World Cup after greatly impressing this season.

Despite a dip in form last season and a low point away at Hull in December, Sterling has come back all guns blazing and he says without Gerrard that wouldn't have been possible.

'I couldn’t ask for a better captain,’ the forward said of Gerrard.

‘Before every game he is helping me in terms of what player I am up against and to have someone like that to encourage you is great.'

As well as Gerrard, Sterling has been fulsome in his praise of manager Brendan Rodgers.

'He was trying to get me settled off the pitch and on it he was telling me to be more at home and be more relaxed on the ball and express myself and that has really helped me,’ added the teenager.

‘He has made me realise I am here on merit and I’m not just here because of what I’ve done in the youth teams.

‘When you are training with Gerrard and Luis Suarez it is a bit nerve-wracking but after a while you get used to it and you start being yourself and start expressing yourself.

‘I think like I am getting into that zone where I feel I can express myself to the fullest, not be shy and come out of my shell and it has really helped me.

‘I am really settled and really happy to be in the team.’

Sterling's comments on Gerrard should come as no surprise to anyone. The England captain has been a stalwart for both club and country for well over a decade.

When the winger talks of Gerrard's encouragement it brings back memories of the way in which he spurred Liverpool on after they went 3-0 down in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan in Istanbul.

Or the way he was there he took responsibility as England captain to score the decisive goal against Poland at Wembley that secured qualification to the World Cup.

Gerrard has never been one to scream and shout, but rather to lead by example and Sterling's words simply echo this.He has learned from the Liverpool number 8 that as a footballer you have to dedicate your life to the profession otherwise you'll get left behind.

How Gerrard prepares for games week-to-week would have been something that Sterling has taken on board and the results are now clearly paying off.

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