Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has laughed off claims from Steven Gerrard he's the toughest at Melwood.

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 "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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