Raheem Sterling gives academy talents tips on how to make it at Liverpool

Raheem Sterling has given some of the club's youngsters tips on how he made it to the big time.

He may not be putting in his best form at the moment but the reality of Raheem Sterling's rise to success at Liverpool is outstanding.

The attacking midfielder has gone from hot prospect to first-team regular for Liverpool and England in 18 months. That sort of form has even seen him linked with moves to the likes of Real Madrid.

The youngster is keeping his feet on the ground, and is now hoping to act as an inspiration to the young players currently trying to make the grade at the club's academy.

He has been speaking to the official Liverpool website about the academy and just how he hopes to be an inspiration to those currently trying to make the grade at Anfield.

He said:

"I remember I was training hard at the Academy and the manager gave me an opportunity and I would like to think that I have taken that opportunity.

"Hopefully it can be an example to the other kids here now that this is a manager who does give you a chance to train with the first team and play games. He has shown that on numerous occasions."

But what would Sterling say to the young version of himself, looking on in wonderment about his potential future at the club:

"If I could see myself two years ago I would just say listen to the advice the people around you - particularly the manager - are giving you. Stay focused on playing football only and lead a professional lifestyle from the word go.

"Try to get better every day, not just in playing, but in everything. That was probably my slight weakness in that I was not leading the lifestyle I should have been off the pitch - not resting when I should have been, stuff like that."

So who can follow in Sterling's footsteps at Liverpool? Time will tell.

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