Sterling wants Champions League football with Liverpool

Raheem Sterling is targeting a top four place in the Premier League with Liverpool next season in order to deliver Champions League football – and the winger believes Brendan Rodgers is the right man to take the Reds there, Sky Sports has reported.

Liverpool have been out of the Champions League since 2009/10 and missed out of European football altogether in the campaign just ended, a seventh-place finish not enough for Europa League competition. But Sterling is sure that under Rodgers, Liverpool can reach their goal.

We just need to get a good start to the next season and hopefully maintain that, and 100 per cent I think we’ve got a good chance of finishing in the top four,” Sterling said. “I can’t talk any more highly of Brendan as a person, not just as a manager.

He’s a top guy. He’s one of those who isn’t only interested if you’re playing well at that moment. He looks at players who are not playing or young players. Liverpool should be really grateful they’ve got a manager like that.

Sterling had a breakthrough year under Rodgers, in the former Swansea City boss’ first season in charge at Anfield, although the former Queens Park Rangers winger dropped out of the first team in the second half of the season. And Sterling has identified a number of personal targets too, one of which is to nail down his place under Rodgers.

For me, 100 per cent it’s about cementing a starting place in the team, getting a good run of games and hopefully getting some goals for the club, and obviously assists as well,” Sterling said. “If I do that then hopefully I’ll get a pick for the England squad.

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