Sterling impresses Rodgers

Movement, imagination and creativity pleases Liverpool boss

Raheem Sterling: Has impressed his new manager at Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for teenage winger Raheem Sterling after his goalscoring display at Anfield on Sunday.

The 17-year-old scored the opener as Liverpool produced a convincing display to beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1.

Lucas Leiva and Andy Carroll were also on target against the Bundesliga side but it was Sterling's outstanding performance that caught the eye and Rodgers was impressed.

"The boy is a talent," the Reds boss told the Liverpool Echo.

"He still has an awful lot to do and an awful lot to learn, but he's shown over pre-season that from a young guy who just worries about himself, he now worries about the team and the responsibility within the team.

"I was pleased with the goal as a whole. If you look back at the images of it, it was good pressure on one side of the field when we won the ball and took it out of the pressure zone.

"I like wingers to play with width, and by the time the ball got to Jose Enrique, he was in a great position.

"His movement off the ball was very impressive - he's made a great run and Jose played a terrific pass, and the rest was that imagination and creativity that I love when he cut inside and scored with a wonderful finish."