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).