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Liverpool boss Rodgers delighted with Sterling form in diamond

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is delighted with the recent midfield form of Raheem Sterling.

The 19-year-old was deployed at the point of a midfield diamond during Liverpool's 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend and proved influential once more.

Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo: "Raheem is a clever footballer. For a young boy, tactically he's very good.

"That's what we are trying to do, develop footballers, and it gives me more options. I think he could even play on the side of a diamond.

"When he starts in the centre he offers us penetration with his speed. For our first goal against United he played a really important part as he took the ball out of pressure, around Marouane Fellaini and then switched play to Jordan Henderson.

"For the second goal, he made a great penetrating run in behind from Glen Johnson's pass.

"Raheem is intricate in tight spaces. We encourage players to play under pressure with players tight on them, and he can play with bodies around him.

"He's maturing very well. We've seen we have options with him because of his tactical intelligence."

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