Winger Raheem Sterling will not be leaving Liverpool on loan, according to his manager Brendan Rodgers.
The 17-year-old has shone during the first-team opportunities afforded to him at the start of this Premier League season, especially in the club’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.
And such impressive performances have not gone unnoticed by the Liverpool hierarchy, with Rodgers making a U-turn on his initial thoughts to let the young winger leave on loan.
Rodgers told reporters: “I’ve seen a lot of development in him in a short time. He takes on a lot of the concepts and is good with instructions.”
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The Ulsterman was previously thought to be open-minded in allowing Sterling to continue his footballing education elsewhere but admits the Jamaican-born player’s rapid development has forced his hand somewhat.
Rodgers highlighted Sterling’s tactical awareness as another key reason why he will continue his progression at Anfield.
He added: “Normally wingers want to do their own thing but he’s tactically improving every day. He certainly won’t be going on loan.”