Liverpool's title challenge was severely dented by their defeat to Chelsea last weekend, as the Reds' 2-0 loss to Jose Mourinho's side has given Manchester City the upper hand in the title race, as Manuel Pellegrini's men can now win their final two games of the season to clinch the Premier League crown due to their superior goal difference.
Despite the likelihood of Liverpool missing out on the title, they have had a superb season under manager Brendan Rodgers and are now in a great position to keep challenging at the summit of English football once again, and the Reds boss has the luxury of being able to call upon his experienced stars as well as his fledgling youngsters.
One of the latter has been forward Raheem Sterling, whose impressive displays - particularly in the second half of the season - have all but guaranteed his place on the plane to Brazil this summer as part of England's World Cup squad. With nine goals and four assists this term, Sterling has really emerged as a key player for Rodgers, and the 19-year-old has opened up about his relationship with Reds captain Steven Gerrard.
Sterling, who joined Liverpool from QPR back in 2010, has revealed that Gerrard is providing the youngster with vital advice to help him reach his potential and push Liverpool forward, whilst he also admitted that playing alongside the legendary Liverpool midfielder and striker Luis Suarez is a dream.
“I think he’s just advised me to be calm and take it as it goes. He’s given me really good advice that I’ve taken on board and learned from, and it’s really helped me. He’s a good person to have around you.”
“To play at such a big club like Liverpool is a real dream come true for me, and obviously to play with the likes of Gerrard and [Luis] Suárez is sometimes hard to believe.”