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Brendan Rodgers reiterates importance of Raheem Sterling

Brendan Rodgers has once again praised the development of Raheem Sterling, saying the young winger’s confidence is returning.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 7, 2013: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling looks dejected after missing a chance against West Ham United during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After early season poor form, Sterling, who turned 19-years-old over the weekend, has enjoyed two successive starts for the first-team in the last week.

The England Under-21 international got on the score sheet against Norwich last Wednesday, scoring Liverpool’s fifth in the 5-1 victory at Anfield.

Some had suggested Sterling would be loaned out to a Championship club in January in order to gain valuable experience, but Rodgers has consistently denied this will happen.

Speaking after the Reds’ 4-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday, Rodgers told the club’s official website, “He’ll be disappointed, he should have scored; he had a couple of very good chances.

“But confidence is returning for him. He’s making some great runs beyond, it’s just if he can get that bit of composure. He slipped a couple of times when he was in good positions.

“He’s a terrific young player to have. He will always be important for us this season; he didn’t play so much in the opening months, but you can see that he’s a real threat when he’s at the top of his game.”

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