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Rodgers: Sterling rejuvinated by rest

6 December 2013 12:50

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers feels Raheem Sterling has returned vastly improved after a spell out of the team.

Sterling scored the final goal of Wednesday's 5-1 victory over Norwich City after Luis Suarez had netted four times in a scintillating display that left Liverpool fourth in the table.

The 18-year-old has been limited to three Premier League starts this season, with that goal his first of the top-flight campaign, and Rodgers is confident Sterling can find his best form again.

"Raheem is still only a very young player," he told the club's official website.

"I thought his finish on Wednesday night was excellent. It probably got lost in and amongst Luis' goals and his assist.

"The spell out of the team doesn't do him any harm.

"He's learning from very good players here and he knows that when he goes into the side, the confidence of the manager and his teammates is there to go and perform.

"Against Norwich, his pressing was very good, as was his strength on the ball. He knows he's got to add the numbers to his game in terms of the goals and the assists. He scored a terrific goal, so I'm delighted for him."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
4 December 2013
Game week
14
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
3 - 0
Full-time
5 - 1
Venue
Anfield (Liverpool)
Attendance
44541

Goals

L. Suárez 15'  
1 - 0
L. Suárez 29'
(assist by Philippe Coutinho) 
2 - 0
L. Suárez 35'
(assist by R. Sterling) 
3 - 0
L. Suárez 74'  
4 - 0
4 - 1
83' B. Johnson
 (assist by N. Redmond)
R. Sterling 88'
(assist by L. Suárez) 
5 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
22
2
5
37
38 69'
8 43'
24 34'
14
10
31 88'
7 15' 29' 35' 74'
Coach: B. Rodgers

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
6
9
1
4
12
17
21
# Player Bookings
31
11
3
6
18
19
20

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23:26
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23:43
23:37
23:27
23:24
22:44
22:24
21:55
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20:54
19:56
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +2 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +1 3
4 1 +1 3
5 1 +1 3
6 1 +1 3
7 1 +1 3
8 1 +1 3
9 1 +0 1
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 +0 1
13 1 -1 0
14 1 -1 0
15 1 -1 0
16 1 -1 0
17 1 -1 0
18 1 -1 0
19 1 -2 0
20 1 -2 0

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