Liverpool morning news: Raheem Sterling praises midfield duo, Brendan Rodgers predicts bright future for Emre Can

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Raheem Sterling sings the praises of Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho, while Swansea City manager Garry Monk looks ahead to Monday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool.

Raheem Sterling speaks highly of attacking midfield duo

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has hailed teammates Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho.

England international Sterling has been deployed as a centre-forward in recent games by Reds manager Brendan Rodgers, and he has connected well with the attacking midfield duo.

It was Coutinho’s clever flick that Sterling finished to help Liverpool to a 1-0 away win against Burnley in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

"It's always good to get three points in away games, and it's massive coming here to Burnley - they stuck in really well and had a few goalscoring chances,” the 20-year-old told Liverpool’s official website.

“But we defended well at times, and got the goal we deserved, to win the game. It's a great system for both Adam (Lallana) and Philippe to get on the ball.

"They are two players that can create chances for us at any point in the game. With his vision, Phil saw it without looking; it was a great pass.”

Brendan Rodgers impressed with Emre Can

Liverpool manager Rodgers believes that midfielder Emre Can has a bright future.

The 20-year-old, who joined the Merseyside outfit from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer transfer window, has been in impressive form in recent matches.

“He's got a big future here, Emre,” Liverpool’s official website quotes Rodgers as saying. “It’s just been curtailed a little bit from the summer when he was trying to gain his fitness and he was injured - he had an ankle issue that made him miss training and he was in and out.

"He's got great athleticism and you saw his presence on the pitch [at Burnley]. He is an outstanding footballer and is a very, very young player who is just acclimatising to the game here.”

Garry Monk on Liverpool v Swansea City

Liverpool are back in Premier League action on Monday when they take on Swansea City at Anfield.

Looking ahead to the encounter, Swans boss Garry Monk told the Welsh club’s official website: “We’re looking forward to it. Liverpool have had a difficult start to the season, but Brendan has made changes and they’re becoming a very good team again.

“He’s one of the most mentally strong people I know. He’s been through a difficult period, but now he’s producing good results and the team are playing a lot better.

“It will be a difficult game, but Anfield is a great place to play football. We have to take belief there. We should go into the game with confidence.”

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