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Phil Brown praises Liverpool's Sterling for filling Luis Suarez void

Raheem Sterling is receiving praise for his impressive start to the new Premier League season.

With two goals and one assist in three games, Liverpool's Raheem Sterling has had a great start to the new season. His man of the match performance in the Reds' last game against top four rivals Spurs was pivotal in their eventual 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane.

The 19-year-old and the rest of the country will hoping that he can carry his domestic form onto the international stage as England are set to face Norway and Switzerland in the coming five days.

Former Premier League manager, Phil Brown, has heaped praise the youngster and his domestic manager Brendan Rodgers.

He told Sky Sports News: “His domestic manager [Brendan Rodgers] needs to take a lot of credit for giving him his head in a system that clearly works for him.

“Ok, they’ve lost Luis Suárez at Liverpool, but Raheem Sterling has stepped up to the plate in a Liverpool side that there is big expectancy of.

“Everyone is expecting Liverpool to win the title again or second place, certainly European football to come back to Liverpool next year.

“So there is big expectancy on his shoulders but he looks to be playing with a smile on his face."

Many expected Liverpool to struggle this season after their talismanic Uruguayan striker was sold to Barcelona following a controversial World Cup.

However despite the lack of Suarez, last season's league runners-up still look as threatening as ever on the pitch as the likes of Henderson, Sturridge and Sterling seem to be carrying their good form over from last season.

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