Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes Raheem Sterling has all the attributes needed to become a top player at the club.
The 18-year-old broke into the first-team this season and has impressed with a series of good performances in attack alongside Luis Suarez.
Sterling is now set to pen a new five-year deal with Reds, and Fowler feels the youngster’s attitude towards football has set him apart from other promising players, which will help him succeed in the long-term.
“What I’m seeing is that this is a kid who’s had the right attitude drilled into him, and I think that’s a good thing for Liverpool – a big thing,” Fowler told the Daily Mirror.
“Sterling has a great talent, but what he also has that makes him stand out is a maturity in his approach to the team’s needs that you rarely see in youngsters. That shows he’s being coached and developed in the right way.
“I watch Raheem and I can see he has respect for the team and for the senior players around him.
“And his decision-making is good – he doesn’t just want to beat players and then shoot to get personal glory.
“I think the manager has to take some credit in that development. He’s still a kid and got a long way to go – he needs to improve his final ball – but Brendan Rodgers has already proved himself as a coach at the top level, and he’s in the right hands.”