Jordan Henderson not surprised at Raheem Sterling's progress

Raheem Sterling

The plaudits keep on coming for Raheem Sterling.

Jordan Henderson has said he is not surprised Raheem Sterling has made such quick progress from being a promising a youngster to an integral part of both the Liverpool and England sides.

Sterling's stock has risen considerably ever since he was given his first team debut as a second half substitute by Kenny Dalglish in April 2012 in a 2-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic.

Ever since, he has thrived under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and has become one of the first names on the Liverpool team sheet because of his pace, versatility and end product - and was one of very few positives to come from England's World Cup campaign - where the England side got knocked out at the group stages.

But Henderson doesn't seem shocked that the 19-year-old is already a star.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “He was 16 when I first saw him when he was training with us in the first team.

“You knew he was a talented player and could see he had the mentality to be a top player.

“But he has got to keep his feet on the ground. He is only 19, he has the right people around him at the club and off the field as well which is really important.

“If he keeps working hard, especially with the manager here and at Liverpool and the players here and at Liverpool, then they can really help him kick on."

The question is, just how good Sterling can be? At the age of 19 there is much more to come from the player, more time to mature and develop - and become a better player as a result.

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