Liverpool hero: Reds wonderkid can be 'absolute superstar, a worldy!'

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Brendan Rodgers is nurturing an 'absolute superstar' in the making in Raheem Sterling, claims trophy-magnet Graeme Souness.

While Liverpool possess influential captain and midfield legend Steven Gerrard as well as notorious goal-getter Luis Suarez, manager Brendan Rodgers has another tool in his footballing work-box that he can sharpen all the way to "superstar" status, according to three-time European Cup winner Graeme Souness.

Sterling, argues Souness, has speed and effective aggression. So much so that it belies his age, 19, and physical characteristics - 5ft 7in and 10st 12lbs.

"The little man Sterling could be an absolute superstar," said Souness to Sky Sports.

"I can't believe how strong and quick he is and he's got the ability to see the picture as well - he's got absolutely everything. I've never met him so I'm not sure how tall he is or his physique but he's bullying people a lot bigger than him and muscling people and I think he's a star."

In 1,691 minutes of Premier League football this season, Sterling has returned an 80% passing accuracy, a 49% dueling success rate and a 77% effectiveness in winning tackles. He has also created 35 chances, has attracted 49 fouls, has assisted thrice, hit the target with 65% of his shot attempts and scored six goals.

Souness concludes by implying the very best is yet to come from the promising Englishman: "Given his age, he could become a worldy."

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