Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has offered Raheem Sterling advice to resurrect the sensational form that tormented defences for much of last season.
The teenager started this term in sensational form, but may have suffered burnout – both physically and mentally after the way the media scrutinised his decision to tell England boss Roy Hodgson he was tired in the last international break.
Evans suggested two solutions for Sterling to regain his form – to get back to basics, and for Brendan Rodgers to play him consistently in one position.
“As far as Raheem Sterling is concerned, he’s just got himself caught up in the England row about being tired,” explained Evans to talkSPORT.
“I just think he’s lost his way a little bit. I think he needs to go back to being really positive and maybe [Brendan Rodgers should] play him in the one position where he feels really comfortable and get at [opponents].
“He’s a great talent and all young players go through that time where they lose a bit of confidence and Raheem has been like that for the last few weeks. He hasn’t been at his best but there is plenty more to come from him.”
Sterling has been played on the right in recent weeks, but his best performances last season came at the head of the midfield diamond, dovetailing with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, and frightening defenders to death with his pace.
Given he is still just 19 years of age, there is no need to panic. Sterling is amongst the favourites to win TuttoSport’s Golden Boy award for the best young player in Europe for good reason.