Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans believes Raheem Sterling has ‘lost his way’ in recent weeks and needs to go back to basics in order to rediscover his form.
Sterling, 19, has failed to score for Liverpool since the 3-1 defeat at West Ham United in September, while his last assist came in the 2-1 home win against West Bromwich Albion at the start of October.
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Evans, who managed at Anfield from 1994 to 1998, thinks the fallout from the promising attacker claiming he was too tired to start for England in last month’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia has compounded the problem, and has suggested that being allowed more freedom in Brendan Rodgers’ side might help him regain his confidence.
‘As far as Raheem Sterling is concerned, he’s just got himself caught up in the England row about being tired,’ he told talkSPORT.
‘I just think he’s lost his way a little bit. I think he needs to go back to being really positive and maybe [Brendan Rodgers should] play him in the one position where he feels really comfortable and get at [opponents].
‘He’s a great talent and all young players go through that time where they lose a bit of confidence and Raheem has been like that for the last few weeks. He hasn’t been at his best but there is plenty more to come from him.’
Sterling started on the bench in Wednesday night’s 1-0 Champions League defeat at Real Madrid, as Rodgers opted to field a makeshift side, but, after just a 20-minute cameo, he should now be suitably fresh for when Chelsea visit on Saturday lunchtime.