16-year-old Sterling in Liverpool squad

16-year-old winger Raheem Sterling is expected to travel with the Liverpool first team squad for this Thursday’s Europa League clash at Sparta Prague.

Sterling played out an incredible performance, netting five goals, in the Liverpool Youth team’s 9-0 victory over Southend in the FA Youth Cup on Monday night.

Should Sterling play against Sparta Prague, he will become the youngest player to ever play for the Reds.

He was signed a year ago from QPR for £500,000.

Fellow youngsters, Conor Coady, John Flanagan and Jack Robinson are also expected to make the trip to Central Europe.

Sterling’s call-up adds emphasis to manager Kenny Dalglish’s philosophy and focus on youth development at Anfield.

Captain Steven Gerrard is expected to stay on Merseyside, after missing out on Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Wigan at Anfield through injury.

Daniel Agger is also struggling with a groin injury, whilst Raul Meireles should feature despite being taken off against Wigan at the weekend.

Update: The full squad has been named and includes Sterling along with fellow youngsters Connor Coady, John Flanagan, Thomas Ince and Jack Robinson.

Andy Carroll has travelled with the squad but isn’t fit to play any part in the match.

Squad: Reina, Jones, Gulacsi, Johnson, Flanagan, Aurelio, Robinson, Kyrgiakos, Wilson, Carragher, Kelly, Skrtel, Meireles, Cole, Maxi, Jovanovic, Lucas, Coady, Ince, Sterling, Pacheco, Kuyt, Ngog.

Sparta Prague vs Liverpool gets underway at 8.05pm tomorrow (Thursday, 17th February).

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  • http://twitter.com/Kopite_Chris78 Chris Williams

    Fantastic reward for all the players concerned… With Dalglish we have an expert man manager who will reward youth when they deserve it.. Sterling is too young to play in this game for me but invaluable experience will be gained on this trip

    • Anonymous

      I agree, good experience for him but Sterling needs to hone his skills in the reserves for a few more years.

      I don’t think it would be good for him to only get occasional games in the first team, he needs week in, week out football.

      • http://twitter.com/guntherfurlong gunther.furlong

        If we’re winning the game (well I’ll pray for that! ) … give Sterling a go… :) haha

      • http://twitter.com/guntherfurlong gunther.furlong

        If we’re winning the game (well I’ll pray for that! ) … give Sterling a go… :) haha

    • Earl Leech

      Will said chris. Couldnt agree more.

    • Kaeolian

      No harm in him having a go, I seem to remember a young Rooney was doing quite well at his age…. maybe its time for another young lad from Liverpool to step up.

      • KernalE

        He is from London but good to see him given a chance. He always stands out even when playing in the reserves.

  • Anonymous

    All these good youngsters we’re seeing now are largely thanks to Rafa. He remodelled the youth system and we now have one of the best youth teams in the country.

    Kenny’s the right man to guide these boys into the first team.

    • http://twitter.com/guntherfurlong gunther.furlong

      It’s sad to say that Rafa will not get the credit for critics out there…they even might say it’s Hodgson’s doing… but we LFC fans knows best.

      Thank you Rafa.

    • http://twitter.com/guntherfurlong gunther.furlong

      It’s sad to say that Rafa will not get the credit for critics out there…they even might say it’s Hodgson’s doing… but we LFC fans knows best.

      Thank you Rafa.

  • Earl Leech

    The king true red! Ynwa.