Team-mates have helped me improve, says Liverpool starlet

Raheem Sterling says that his improved form has much to do with the influence of Liverpool’s attacking stars Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

The 19-year-old winger has been one of the Premier League’s top performers since the turn of the year, playing a key role in the Reds’ current 10-game winning streak.

Sterling enjoyed his breakthrough into the Merseysiders’ first-team last term, but only managed to register two goals throughout the campaign.

But 2013/14 has been much more fruitful for the teenager, with his recent wondergoal against Manchester City his eighth effort this season.

The youngster says that he is targeting more strikes as his side enter a massive four games in which they can seal a first ever Premier League title, and believes that Sturridge and Suarez have had a major impact on his improved return:

“This year, I’ve taken a few chances and even missed a few as well, so I could be on 10 or thereabouts now if I’d taken my chances.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“It’s a target for me in the rest of this season to knock a few more goals in and try to get into double figures. It’d be a great achievement for me.

“It’s great playing with players like Luis and Dan. They create chances out of nothing, and for someone like me, I’ve just got to be in and around it and be there to support.

“You might not get a goal every game, but there’ll be opportunities with the chances they create, so I’ve just got to be around the box and learning from them on how they’re getting into the box and making runs.

“That’s what I am trying to do – learn from both of them and try to get my goal ratio up.”

Sterling’s fine displays have even made him a favourite to make England’s World Cup squad despite his young age.

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