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GUARDIAN – Why Roy Hodgson cannot afford to ignore Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling | Barney Ronay

The 19-year-old Englishman has speed, touch, barrel-chested strength and ability to feel the game in motion around himAt the sharp end elite sport is often about pressure: not only what you actually do, but what you actually do when it actually matters. Raheem Sterling, who was superbly effective at Anfield last weekend, was superbly effective again at Carrow Road in another nerve-shredding 3-2 Liverpool victory. Driven on by Sterling described by Brendan Rodgers as “arguably the best young player in Europe” Liverpool picked Norwich apart in the opening 11 minutes, scoring twice before the home team drove them back in the second half and might even have taken a point.There will of course be the usual talk of hyperbole and newspaper gush, the fear that a player like Sterling is built up only in order to be processed through the mincer, even the suggestion from some that simply noticing how well he is playing is likely to torpedo somehow his future progress. Well, tough. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool | Premier League match report

“We go to Norwich and do exactly the same. We go again.” Those were the words Steven Gerrard had barked into that huddle of his team-mates following their tumultuous victory over Manchester City last week and here it was a case of following the captain’s orders to the letter. Liverpool yet again won 3-2 with a performance marked by scintillating attacking play and defensive fragility.Liverpool had their 11th win in succession thanks to two goals from Raheem Sterling and one from Luis Surez, and following Chelsea surprise defeat against Sunderland their lead at the top of the table has extended to five points. The title charge remain, on. Continue reading…

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