Liverpool fullback Johnson full of praise for Sterling
Sterling has been the real bright spot so far and Johnson said he had to be given the right support from his team-mates in order to be able to flourish.
"We've got a great bunch of lads and everyone makes everyone feel welcome," he told liverpoolfc.com.
"Raheem is 17-years-old but you make him feel like one of the lads because he is and he deserves to be here.
"It makes him feel more comfortable - and more comfortable when he's going into games, which is going to help him and the team.
"You have to encourage the young lads. When I first came through, I had people like Stuart Pearce and other big players helping me.
"Raheem is a fantastic player as it is, so if he keeps working hard and doing the right things, he's going to be a great player."