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Sterling Draws Ronaldo & Messi Comparisons

Liverpool starlet, Raheem Sterling, says he must learn from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi if he wants to take his game to the next level.

The 19-year-old is poised for a more central role in Brendan Rodgers’ attempt to fill the gap left by Luis Suarez and says he wants follow Ronaldo's and Messi's example despite not being on the same level as the two world stars.

"I've started off playing out wide and the manager (Brendan Rodgers) has trusted me a bit more to play in the No.10 role," Sterling told the Sun.

"I'd like to see myself more inside. I want to mix my game up, not always try to take the man on but play one or two touches and get in behind defenders.

"In this game, you've just got to look at people like Messi or Ronaldo, they get kicked all the time. If you are getting kicked a lot on the pitch, it must mean that you are a threat to the opposition because they want to stop you as early as possible.

"I'm not saying I'm a Messi or Ronaldo but it's the same that, if you are in an attacking position, defenders will try to kick you. You've got to keep your temper, keep calm and try to score."

Sterling insists he can help Liverpool cope with the departure of Suarez, who moved to Barcelona for £75 million earlier this summer, and commends Rodgers’ transfer activities.

"Luis was a big part of last year, so he will be missed massively," he added.

"But you've got Daniel Sturridge up front and you've got players the manager brought in to fill that void.

"There is definitely more to come (from me). I just need a bit more freedom to play my own game. Hopefully I can take my game to the next level and improve my goals-to-game ratio."

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