Brendan Rodgers urges England to give Raheem Sterling freedom

The Liverpool manager thinks his teenage winger will thrive at the World Cup if Roy Hodgson gives him the chance.

Brendan Rodgers thinks Raheem Sterling could be one of the stars of the World Cup if he is given the freedom to play for England.

The teenage winger scored nine times for the Reds last term as they finished second in the Premier League, and his sparkling form was rewarded with a spot in the Three Lions' 23-man squad for the Brazil tournament.

Sterling's form also saw him scoop the club's Young Player of the Year award, and Rodgers thinks that his player should be allowed to replicate those displays when he turns out for his national side in South America.

The Liverpool Echo quotes the Northern Irishman as saying: "He can replicate what he's done for us with England if he's given the freedom to play fearlessly. It's easy for people to forget that he's still very young because of his mature performances.

"And what's he's achieved this season is fantastic because he's coming up against older, more experienced players and often ones bought for millions and millions of pounds. He has great instincts, balance and a reading of the game so we would replicate match situations and use him as a [number] 10, and he'd be brilliant.

"As I've said, Raheem's been one of the most outstanding young players throughout Europe and we just want him to kick on now. He can become as great as he wants to be; we will help him in every aspect."

A recent report by The Mirror has claimed that Sterling could be in line for a huge pay rise if he returns from Brazil with his reputation enhanced.

The youngster is expected to begin discussions on a new contract later this summer, and the publication has reported that Sterling's salary could increase to around £100,000 a week.

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