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John Barnes: 'Avoid unrealistic expectations for Raheem Sterling'

Barnes: 'Don't pressure Sterling'
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John Barnes calls on Liverpool fans to ease their expectations of Raheem Sterling following the teenager's launch into the first team.

Former Liverpool midfielder John Barnes has called on the Reds' supporters to avoid piling the pressure on youngster Raheem Sterling.

The 17-year-old has been launched into the Merseyside club's first team under manager Brendan Rodgers and the winger was also handed a call-up to the senior England squad for last night's 1-1 draw with Ukraine.

"Will there be added pressure on him, because he's in the England squad, to revitalise Liverpool's season?," the Liverpool Daily Post quotes Barnes as saying. "You don't want the pressure to be on a young boy or to rest your hopes on him if your team's not playing well."

Meanwhile, the Reds are preparing to return to Premier League duty following the international break with an away trip to Sunderland.

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