Sterling: I won't be changing my game to suit Balotelli

The 19-year-old Liverpool star wants to strike up a partnership with the Italy striker - but not at the expense of his own style.

Raheem Sterling is adamant he won't be changing his game to adapt to new striker partner Mario Balotelli.

With Daniel Sturridge currently out injured for Liverpool, Sterling could have 23-year-old Balotelli as his only outlet at the head of a 4-3-3 formation.

But the 19-year-old England forward insists he will stick to his 'normal game' in spite of the change in personnel.

According to Sterling, he will try his best to strike up a connection with Balotelli - but he won't be changing 'too much.'

"I’ll just play my normal game – I won’t be changing anything too much," Sterling told FourFourTwo. "Obviously, I’m going to try and strike up a connection with him."

The youngster did admit, though, that Balotelli has the potential to be a 'massive player' for the Reds.

The Italy striker moved to Anfield for £16 million this summer, serving as a replacement for Luis Suarez, who scored 31 Premier League goals last season.

"He’s a massive player. The manager has brought him in and it’s exciting times for Liverpool," Sterling added.

"This is a step forward after losing Luis [Suarez] at the start of the season. He has come in to try and fill the void left by Luis and I think he has the qualities to do so.

"I’m looking forward to working with him and I think he can be an important player for the club."

Liverpool host Aston Villa in their next Premier League clash, having won two of their opening three league games this term.

Their sole defeat came at the Etihad Stadium - at the hands of Balotelli's old club Manchester City - before the 23-year-old was eligible to play for Brendan Rodgers' side.

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