Sterling on learning from SAS after winning club's young player of the year award

The 19-year-old has been impressive during this season.

Young Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has said he learnt a lot when he wasn’t playing at the start of the season.

Sterling came into the side in December after featuring a lot last season, but had to be content with appearances from the bench during the early part of this campaign.

But after impressing in December he kept his place in the side and proved to be an integral part of the squad during Liverpool’s unlikely title challenge, and last night he picked up the club’s young player of the year award at the club's awards dinner.

Sterling thanked manager Brendan Rodgers and his teammates, saying there was a real togetherness in the group but singled out two players in particular over where he has learnt the most this season.

On accepting the award, Sterling said: “On a personal level, at the start of the season I wasn’t playing much but it was a really good learning curve for me to sit back and watch a few of our players and learn off Dan [Sturridge] and Luis [Suarez].

“Obviously to improve my game I needed to get in the box and score some goals and there are no two better players to learn off.”

His attacking play has certainly been eye-catching this season, along with the rest of the team. But since his spell in the side started in December he has scored nine goals and come up with six assists. Some of them have been vital in keeping Liverpool in the mix at the top.

At the age of 19 it is incredible that he has made such a vital contribution to Liverpool’s season, and has shown how versatile he is. With so many years ahead of him, everyone will be expecting him to make great strides in the future.

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