With the arrival of Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, one player who looks set to benefit from the Northern Irishman’s appointment is teenager Raheem Sterling.
Sterling, 17, made his first-team debut towards the end of last season under then-manager Kenny Dalglish, but the England youth international has revealed that Rodgers actually attempted to sign him on loan for Swansea.
Speaking to Jamaican newspaper The Sunday Gleaner, Sterling explained;
“He (Dalglish) is the one who gave me my debut, so I am grateful for that. To make my debut for Liverpool at 17 is quite an achievement, so I am happy that he had faith in me.
“But it’s actually quite a good trade because he wanted me to come down to Swansea on loan (last season), so he is a good manager!”
Sterling, who arrived from QPR in 2010 in a deal that could be worth as much as £5m, is expected to get a chance to impress in pre-season, following his three cameo appearances under Dalglish.
“I have travelled with the first team down to places like Arsenal in the past, but I did not make the bench or anything so it was good to go on.
“Hopefully, this season I will make a full breakthrough for the Liverpool first team and see where it goes from there.”
The pacy winger, who scored five goals in a Youth Cup match last season, also discussed the benefits of working alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
“It is good playing with players like Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.”
“There was one time I came on and they were giving me the ball to say go and attack the fullback, so it was good to know that they had confidence in me and see me as a young player who is good enough,” said the speedy and skilful winger.