New Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert believes teammate Raheem Sterling is set for an ‘unbelievable’ season, having witnessed his talents first-hand over the course of the summer.
Sterling experienced a breakout 2013-14 campaign at Anfield, scoring ten goals in 34 games to help Liverpool to second-place Premier League finish, as well as seal his spot in England’s World Cup squad alongside the ex-Southampton star.
The two now club colleagues, after Lambert became Brendan Rodgers’ first summer signing, the £4 million marksman was full of praise for the teenage sensation’s performances during the side’s pre-season tour of the USA and is tipping him to have an even bigger impact in the coming campaign.
‘I've been really impressed by Razza [Raheem] on this trip and if he keeps on progressing the way he has done over the past year or two he's going to have an unbelievable season,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘I don't want to put pressure on him but I think he can handle anything that comes his way. He's a top lad as well.
‘Nothing fazes him and that's full credit to the management. The manager has created an environment for the young kids to go and thrive and you can see the benefits of that.’
With Liverpool looking to replace the 31-goal impact of Luis Suarez, following his £75 million move to Barcelona, both Lambert and Sterling will be relied upon to find the net on a regular basis in 2014-15 if the side hope to go one step better than the previous season’s title-challenge.