Sterling: Liverpool will go into this season like the last one

Raheem Sterling

The 19-year-old was one of the Reds' big stars as they finished second in the Premier League last season.

Liverpool's teenage sensation Raheem Sterling has said the Reds will approach this season in the same way they approached the last one. 

This summer has a very different feel for Liverpool though compared to last. During the previous summer, the Reds were trying to build on a season where they were only just getting used to the ideas implemented by Brendan Rodgers in his first season in charge at Anfield, and were hoping of breaking into the top four following a seventh-placed finish.

However, what followed was unexpected as the Reds were pipped to the post for the Premier League title by Manchester City, and finished two points behind the Champions in second place. 

This season, with the return of Champions League football, and a degree more expectation on the shoulders of Rodgers' charges ahead of the new campaign, things are a little different. It has been evident in their transfer dealings as the Reds are busy bringing in new players so they can compete on all four fronts, whilst star striker Luis Suarez is set to leave Anfield for Barcelona.

Liverpool's official website have picked up on quotes Sterling gave to LoopJamaica.com, where the 19-year-old said:

"Last season we did really well as a team. This season we will just go in the same as we did last year and take it step by step, week in week out.

"Hopefully we can do well as a team and a collective. We will be going out there on a positive note and hopefully we can do what we know we can do."

Sterling also finds himself in a different situation compared to the start of last season. It looked as if last term he was going to be used sparingly from the bench. However, in December of last season, he got his chance and took it with impressive performances on the wing, and in a central role which demonstrated his versatility. 

He was selected as part of England's World Cup squad after becoming an integral part of Liverpool's starting XI. Even at young age, there's a lot more pressure and expectation on Sterling to hit the heights of last season going into this campaign.

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