Kelly dislikes marking "nuisance" Sterling

Liverpool's Martin Kelly has revealed that Raheem Sterling has been looking sharp in pre-season training.

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The winger has proven on numerous occasions to be a class above the rest during his time in the Liverpool Under-18s and Reserve squad, earning him a first team bow against Wigan last season. Under new manager Brendan Rodgers, Sterling is set to continue his development as one of the club's highly-rated prospects, with the former Swansea boss already singling him out for praise after his strike against Bayer Leverkusen in a recent friendly. 

A former Reds youth player himself, Kelly told the club's official website that Sterling has been tormenting the defenders during training. As such, having a player of Sterling's quality benefits both the team's attack and defence.

"He's a nuisance to mark in training and he showed everyone (against Leverkusen) what he is capable of," he stated.

"I wouldn't like to mark him. He's fantastic and he helps us as full-backs improve our game because he is a modern day winger."

With the new Premier League campaign set to start this weekend, Kelly admitted that the entire Liverpool squad are looking forward to the referee's first whistle.

"We have a good break at the end of each season and even when you have your down time with your family and stuff you are still thinking about football and when it's time to get back to it," he shared.

"That's our lives, it's what we love and we are looking forward to the start of the season as much as the fans are."

Part of the excitement surrounding the Reds this season stems from the fast passing style Rodgers has implemented into the team. Kelly shared his appreciation for the injection of pace their manager has added into their game, and he expects the team to bring the fans some enjoyable football in the near future.

"Anyone who saw our game at Anfield the other night or seen us in training will see that we are really sharp at the minute," Kelly said.

"I thought some of the football we played against Gomel in the Europa League was fantastic and hopefully we will put on some great performances for the fans here."

Liverpool visit West Brom for their first game of the new season on Saturday.

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