Date: 23rd October 2014 at 5:44pm
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Brendan Rodgers says he will consider using Raheem Sterling as a central striker again, after the teenager played the role in the second half of the Reds 0-3 defeat at home to Real Madrid on Wednesday evening.

Mario Balotelli is struggling for form with just one goal in his first 10 Liverpool appearances, whilst Daniel Sturridge remains injured.

Sterling has been the Reds most impressive player this term, and Rodgers says he would have no hesitation in selecting him for a central strikers role.

“It was just something that I felt could help us in the game, his mobility and speed along the line is there whether he plays from the side or the front role,” the Northern Irishman explained.

“He’s a very talented young player and has played as a striker as a youngster, so he understands the position well. If we feel it helps the team in order to get results then it’s something that I can look at.

“I felt it was something that could help us at half-time and it was a purely tactical decision. It’s something that I can consider in the future.”

Summer signing Rickie Lambert remained an unused substitute for 90 minutes of the Real encounter, with the forward still chasing his first Liverpool goal since a £4million switch from Southampton in the summer.

But Rodgers looked to back the 32-year-old striker at his pre-match press conference for the Hull City game this afternoon.