Brendan Rodgers back Raheem Sterling selection

Rodgers back Sterling selection
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Brendan Rodgers says that it was an easy decision to start Raheem Sterling against Manchester City.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised Raheem Sterling for his performance against Manchester City.

The 17-year-old was a surprise starter for the Reds but put in a commendable display as his side were held 2-2 at Anfield.

Afterwards, Rodgers insisted that it wasn't a hard choice to start the winger.

"It was an easy decision [to start Sterling]," Rodgers said. "I said when I first came here, I won't judge people on their status or what they've done, it's about what I see now in front of me and he's a young player who's improved every single day since I came in here.

"He was a player who played on his own, in the one v one. You look at him now, playing for the team, his tactical understanding playing against a really experienced player. He was blocking the line of pass, he was pressing at the right time, he was coming back to block the lines inside.

"For a 17-year-old, playing against the champions, I thought his performance was fantastic. He has got a long way to go, because he has got to be consistent, and that's something I'll keep a close eye on."

Liverpool face Arsenal at Anfield next Sunday.

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