Raheem Sterling reveals the secret behind his Liverpool transformation

The 19-year-old England star has revealed the simple trick that helped change his game at Anfield.

Raheem Sterling has revealed the secret behind his turnaround in form at Liverpool last season.

The Reds star was, at the start of last term, struggling for form, being outmuscled out of seemingly every challenge and unable to utlilise his blistering pace.

But, fast forward several months, Sterling has become one of the brightest - if not the brightest - young prospects in world football.

What's his secret?

“I just wasn’t backing myself,” the 19-year-old told Sport Magazine.

“If I’m playing now and I’m around the box, I might take it on myself or play a one-two, whereas before I’d just look for the safer option and give it to a more senior player or whatever.

"I sat down with my agent Aidy [Ward] – we just went through things that I was doing at youth level and tried to get that back in my game.

“It’s just a case of playing my own football, playing regularly and getting into my own rhythm again. I’m doing what I used to do again now, and doing what I think is right and not what other people want me to do.

"Obviously you’ve got to mix up your game, so you can’t just go alone all the time. But I’m back to knowing when to choose the right option.”

  TeamPosTotal DribblesWon DribblesAppsMins
Eden Hazard Chelsea MF 26 16 3 257
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 16 9 3 255
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal FW 16 6 3 225
Yannick Bolasie Crystal Palace MF 15 3 3 262
Erik Lamela Spurs MF 15 8 3 241

As Opta stats show, Sterling's newfound confidence is displayed in the amount of times he has taken his man on.

Only Eden Hazard has attempted - and won - more dribbles than the Liverpool star so far this Premier League season.

Last term, meanwhile, Sterling won the third-highest amount of dribbles in the top flight and attempted the most dribbles out of any Englishman in the division.

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