Liverpool ace Gerrard hails Sterling "bottle" after derby clash

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard hailed Raheem Sterling's "bottle" after their 2-2 draw at Everton.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard hailed Raheem Sterling's "bottle" after their 2-2 draw at Everton.

Gerrard was full of praise for 17-year-old Sterling after coming through the taxing experience of his first derby, which included Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard racing out of his goal in what looked like an attempt to get the youngster sent off for a second bookable offence.

"Sterling was fantastic. He has been a revelation for us," said the England captain.

"Seventeen years of age away in a derby against a big, physical long ball team I thought he was outstanding.

"The way he stands up, wants the ball and doesn't hide is a credit to him and he's got some bottle.

"That's what you look for in young lads. You wonder whether they have the bottle to play away from home against tough teams and difficult situations and he handled it superbly.

"I don't think the Everton players would have known much about Raheem before yesterday but they are going to be seeing an awful lot more of him in future.

"He's going to be playing in many, many Merseyside derbies and he's going to have a major impact in them."

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