In February, the Reds captain eulogised over the form of the young starlet, admitting in reference to his strength: "I don't go near him in training because if I do, there is only one winner!"
"I think Steven is just winding you up - I don't think he really means that!" Sterling told liverpoolfc.com. "But for someone to say that is a really good thing.
"I just try to fight and hustle - I don't think it's a strength thing. I'm just hungry and don't want to lose the ball or get barged off it. It's more of a hunger thing.
"Obviously for a player of that calibre to be talking about your strength, it must be working. I have been working on my upper-body strength and my core work, and it has been working. I can't say I haven't been feeling the effects of it - I've been feeling much stronger and sharper."
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