Date: 13th September 2014 at 12:57pm
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Raheem Sterling says he does not think about the rising expectations placed upon him for both club and country, reports Sky Sports.

Sterling has blossomed over the past 12 months, and is now considered by many to be the most exciting young player in Europe.

However, the 19-year-old insists he does his best not to be pressured by such comments, and is focused entirely on helping the team get results.

“It is nice to hear stuff about you and people talking positively,” he said.

“But, at the same time, you have got to block it out and focus on what you do; that is playing football and trying to get better.

“That is something I am doing now. I am trying to get better and improve every aspect of my game. It is about working hard and achieving what I set out to achieve this season.

“I am not thinking about the expectation. Obviously, playing at this level, there is always expectation on you to do well. I just block that out and focus on doing the best I can for the team.”

Sterling is one of the players under pressure to fill the void left by Luis Suarez, after the 31-goal striker completed a £75million move to Barcelona over the summer.

And England’s latest star says he is determined to add more goals to his game in the Uruguayan’s absence over the season.

“The manager has brought players in to try and replace Luis. Everyone has got to contribute with goals and chipping in.

“That is something I am looking forward to doing. That is a massive part of my aim this season; contribute as many goals as I can.

“We will definitely be trying to challenge for everything we are involved in this season. At Liverpool, over the years, and more so in the last year, we are really trying to get a trophy.

“That is definitely something we are trying to achieve this year.”


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