Graeme Souness: 'Liverpool, England rely too much on Raheem Sterling'

Liverpool's English midfielder Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on August 17, 2014
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Graeme Souness admits his concern that Liverpool and England are relying on young midfielder Raheem Sterling too much.

Graeme Souness has claimed that Liverpool and England are too reliant on Raheem Sterling.

The 19-year-old winger has become an increasingly effective player for both club and country over the past year.

Souness believes that while Sterling is a talented player, there is too much responsibility being placed on his shoulders.

"It is true (Liverpool) are placing a lot of responsibility on him but the same can be said of England," the former Liverpool midfielder told the London Evening Standard.

"If they are relying on a 19-year-old kid then I think it does not reflect well on England's group.

"The same can be said for Liverpool: if you are relying on a 19-year-old to deliver in big games for you it is not how it should be."

Sterling has netted three goals in 13 games for Liverpool so far this season.

England manager Roy Hodgson (L) talks to midfielder Raheem Sterling at the A.Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, Estonia on October 11, 2014
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