Rodgers: Sterling must stay hungry

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stressed the importance of maintaining Raheem Sterling's hunger for success.

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Scoring the winning goal in Liverpool's recent clash with Reading earned Sterling a place in Reds history as he became the club's second-youngest Premier League goal-scorer behind Michael Owen.

The youngster labelled the achievement as "one of the happiest days of my life" and Rodgers shared with the team's official website his plans to keep Sterling from getting too carried away with his accomplishment.

"He's still got an awful long way to go, we want to have him here as a legend for many years. We don't want him at 17 years of age getting carried away with all the adulation and then at 21 he's washed up and everyone wants him out," Rodgers stated.

"The biggest thing for me is maintaining the hunger he's got now because he can be a really top player. It's a long way to go for him but at the moment he's been a revelation."

With Sterling drawing most of the attention, little was given to Andre Wisdom, who also featured in the Reading game. The Liverpool manager revealed he was pleased with Wisom's attitude.

"Look at Andre Wisdom as well, we mustn't forget him. The attacking players tend to get all the praise but if you look at Andre, 19 years of age, up against a really experienced opponent [Jobi McAnuff], and he was magnificent," Rodgers said.

"He was strong, aggressive and the pride they showed in their shirt was really impressive. All of them have that."

Liverpool are set to play Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in their Europa League fixture this Thursday.

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