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Rodgers: Sterling ‘has a touch like Messi’

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By Andrew Tuft

Wednesday 13 August 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has compared the close control of winger Raheem Sterling to that of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, according to ESPN.

Raheem Sterling

Rodgers was reflecting on Sterling’s development and says he believes the England international is becoming a more effective player. He added that on the club’s tour of the United States, he saw glimpses of the Argentina captain in some of Sterling’s play.

“His identity is he has to score goals and create goals. That's what the job is. He scored 10 goals last year and this kid is only going to get better,” Rodgers said of Sterling. “When you look at the finish against Manchester City in New York, how many times have we seen Messi produce a touch like that? Taking it through bodies when it's so tight in the box.

“Raheem's feet were so soft and his finish was great, as was the one which was disallowed for offside just after,” he continued. “The great thing with watching him now is that he gets you off your seat. When he gets the ball you think 'something could happen here'.”

Sterling made his Reds debut in 2012, under Rodgers’ predecessor Kenny Dalglish, having started his career at Queens Park Rangers. The 19-year-old has gone on to make more than 70 appearances for Liverpool, netting 10 times in 34 games last season, and represented England at the World Cup, notching up a total of five caps for the Three Lions thus far.

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