Raheem Sterling, Brendan Rodgers and Martin SkrtelRaheem Sterling should heed Brendan Rodgers’ advice if he wants to rise to the top of the soccer world.

Sterling, 19, hailed Rodgers’ influence on his career Wednesday, telling Liverpool Xtra that the Reds’ boss has made him a more versatile player, a better teammate and is advising him on how to fulfill his vast potential.

“He has taught me to play in numerous different positions and adapt to different positions, being able to work and be effective in each of them,” Sterling said. “The best piece of advice I’ve been given is to live, eat and sleep football. It was great advice given to me by the manager, and it has helped me going forward.”

Sterling debuted for Liverpool under former manager Kenny Dalglish in March 2012, but the teenage forward’s career has blossomed under Rodgers. Sterling has scored 15 goals in 93 games in the last two-and-a-half years, becoming one of Liverpool’s key players despite his young age.

Although he won’t enter his prime for another few years, Sterling hopes Liverpool and England’s national team will reap the benefits from his speedy development under Rodgers.

“Hopefully winning trophies with Liverpool, doing well for England and trying to be at the peak of my game at that time,” Sterling said when asked where he sees himself in five years.

Having worked with the likes of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard and other top players, Rodgers is familiar with what separates the good ones from the greats. If Sterling takes Rodgers’ advice, the young star and the young manager, Liverpool and England will enjoy a bright future.

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