Lambert backs Sterling to handle pressure

At only 19, Raheem Sterling is likely to be a key part of Liverpool's challenge in all four competitions.

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert believes that Raheem Sterling can handle any of the pressure that comes his way during this season after impressing the striker during their tour of the United States.

Sterling had a terrific season last term. After being reintroduced to the squad in towards the midway point of the season, the 19-year-old ended up becoming one of the most integral parts of the Reds team.

His performances in key games against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur helped Liverpool to a second-place finish in the Premier League last term, with the club came agonisingly close to lifting their first top-flight title in 24 years.

Lambert believes the environment created for players like Sterling at Liverpool, is perfect for them to thrive in.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “I've been really impressed by Razza 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.

“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.”

There is going to be a lot of expectation on the young shoulders of Sterling, especially since Luis Suarez has left the club. Sterling's performances towards the back end of the season were at a really high level as he tormented sides, and given that he is still so young there is expectation on him to reach an even higher level this season.

Some see him as key to Liverpool's chances of having a successful season given his pace, versatility and his ever-improving end product. If he can handle the increased pressure that is likely to come his way this season, and continue to improve, then the team are likely to reap the rewards. 

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