Liverpool wonderkid Raheem Sterling, who started his career playing in a wider role, has said that he prefers to play through the middle when given the opportunity, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Sterling had struggled to impose himself on the Liverpool first team prior to the midway point of last season, but his introduction to more regular first team football coincided with a stunning upturn in form as the Reds mounted a surprise Premier League title challenge, ultimately only missing out in the last weeks of the season.
The young England international has started the new season in similarly stunning form, but has been used more regularly in the middle by both Liverpool and the national side, and it seems as though this is where the young talent prefers to play.
He said: “I prefer the No 10 position, but I’m still developing and not quite the complete player to play there.
“Every time I get in there I try to take the responsibility of creating and scoring goals. I enjoy that.”
Liverpool face Aston Villa in the Premier League today at home, and will be hoping for three points against a side who have been difficult opponents in recent seasons.
England captain Wayne Rooney has said that the highly rated Raheem Sterling can be as good as former Arsenal and Barcelona great Marc Overmars, with the Man Utd forward clearly believing Sterling has a great future ahead of him, as reported by The Guardian.
Rooney is expected to skipper the national side into their first game of the European Championship qualifying period against Switzerland on Monday, but there are questions over the performances of several key players going into that game, including Rooney himself.
Sterling, however, has come to the fore in recent months. He first impressed during Liverpool’s run towards an unlikely Premier League title challenge, before emerging from this summer’s World Cup as one of only very few players with any credit.
Rooney clearly believes that Sterling can be an important player going forward, but as a former young prodigy himself, knows the importance of not overstating a player’s talent before they actually hit their heights.
He said: “He’s quite an unusual player, someone who can play right across the front line and out wide.
“Although he’s a small lad he’s really strong as well. I sat down with him before the World Cup and showed him videos of Marc Overmars. He reminds me of him.
“He’s a young lad, but the potential he has shown is incredible. In fact, he has the potential to be as good as Overmars. A fantastic player – you saw that last season and again, already, at the start of this one. He’ll be a massive player for us for the next 10-15 years and, unfortunately, also for Liverpool.”