The lessons Sturridge & Suarez are teaching Liverpool star Sterling

Raheem Sterling And Rodgers

Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are helping to nurture the precocious talent of Raheem Sterling.

A feather in Brendan Rodgers' cap this season has been the continued improvements in the playing style and effectiveness of Raheem Sterling, who has been deployed more frequently in Liverpool's senior roster in the latter half of the season than in the former.

Sterling plays with an under-rated physicality that not only belies his age, 19, but also his height (5ft 6.5in) and weight (10stones 12pounds), yet he is technically adept, extremely fast and has a trickery on the ball that foils opposition defences.

Rodgers, though, is not the sole Melwood figure who should take credit for Sterling's current form and his potential for even greater things in the years to come, as the player himself explains that attacking pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have also played significant roles in his development - not because of spoken advice, but, rather. how they play both on the competitive pitch on game day and on the training ground.

"It's great playing with players like Luis and Dan," said Sterling, as quoted by the club's official website.

Sturridge and Suarez combined have produced 105 chances for their team-mates throughout the 34 game Premier League season to date. Sterling, though, is not far off and has contributed 41, however, he feels he can thrive by continuing to feed off those provided by the SAS.

"They create chances out of nothing, and for someone like me, I've just got to be in and around it and be there to support. You might not get a goal every game, but there'll be opportunities with the chances they create, so I've just got to be around the box and learning from them on how they're getting into the box and making runs.

"That's what I am trying to do - learn from both of them and try to get my goal ratio up."

Sterling has scored seven and set up three from 20 starts in the division.

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