Sterling says he is a team player and not looking to be the main man..
Raheem Sterling has admitted he is almost the reluctant hero at the moment and doesn’t want main-man status at Liverpool, instead wanting to focus on helping the team.
With his incredible goal in mid-week against Chelsea, Sterling of course received the lions-share of headlines and plaudits post-game, but said he only cares about the team’s performance.
We’d be kidding ourselves if we didn’t admit that we’re all frantically looking for the next Steven Gerrard, the next youth team lad who we can idolise as “one of our own”.
And Sterling could be that player, but as he rightly insists he is part of a team and as long as they win, that’s all that matters.
“Everyone in the team contributes and I’m no different. We are a team,” he said, reports Daily Mirror.
“I’m not trying to pick up a ‘main-man status’ this season. As long as the team wins and we get good performances, that’s all that matters to me.”
Alas, if he continues to star and single-handedly win matches for us with his brilliance it might be hard to tone down the idolising and not put too much pressure on the kid.
Sterling also had a few words for those that criticised his and Brendan Rodgers decision to give the 20 year old a break following the New Years Day draw with Leicester City.
“I knew I would get loads of stick for being given the break, but the manager did say at the start of the season that this is what he would do,” he said.
“I have played a lot of minutes for someone my age, but I’m not complaining about that. Mentally, you feel it. I got a lot of stick about the tired stuff with England so it all came down on me. But at the end of the day, it’s the manager who makes the decisions. If he says take a week off, who am I to say no?
“I think it will help me. I’m back now, refreshed and ready to go again.”