Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has been a revelation this season and has been one of the best young players in Europe.
The England international has been a regular in Brendan Rodgers’ team, and has scored nine goals and provided five assists in 32 Premier League appearances.
The 19-year-old endured a rather disappointing 2012-13 campaign, but Rodgers retained his faith in him and gave him more chances this term. The youngster gleefully took them and since the turn of the year, has been one of the most outstanding players for the club as they have gone from strength to strength.
It is not easy for someone as young as Sterling to rub shoulders against the biggest names in world football, but he has done just that in the English top flight. He now explains how he got the confidence to express himself, both on and off the pitch.
‘I'm just glad I have come out of my shell and I'm a bit more open with some of the team’, he told Liverpool’s official website. ‘I'm a bit more confident and it's really shown in some of my performances of late... Sometimes as a young player you can get intimidated by some of these big names, but they are all great lads. They have all helped me. I'm really grateful to the football club’.
Liverpool are known all over the world as being a familial club who nurture their players and makes them feel at home. Sterling’s revelation just proves that.
Sometimes to be a successful club, you need not splash the cash and buy readymade top-class players. Sometimes you just need to have faith and patience.