Player profile

Raheem Sterling

Birthdate: 8 December 1994
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Bought from: Queens Park Rangers (youth)
Signed for LFC: £500,000, 27.02.2010
International debut: 14.11.2012 vs. Sweden
International caps: 14/1 (27.03.2015)
Liverpool debut: 24.03.2012
Last appearance: 22.03.2015
Debut goal: 20.10.2012
Last goal: 22.02.2015
Contract expiry: Signed 21.12.2012
Win ratio: 51.67% W: 62 D: 25 L: 33
Games/goals ratio: 5.45
LFC league games/goals: 88 / 17
Total LFC games/goals: 120 / 22

Player profile

Sterling joined Liverpool as a 15-year-old from the youth set-up at Queens Park Rangers on 27 February 2010. His family moved from Jamaica when he was seven. Sterling had been featuring regularly for Rangers' u-18 team at that time as well as the reserves. There is a tendency to exaggerate the potential of young promising players like Sterling and the hype machine certainly went into full swing when he scored five goals for Liverpool's youth side in a 9-0 FA Cup win over Southend in February 2011. Following his performance he was included in the club's senior squad that travelled to Prague ahead of their Europa League contest on 17 February 2011. Sterling, who had to have a guardian following him to Prague as he was so young, ultimately didn't make the bench but the experience must have been valuable. Finally, after much speculation, he made his Liverpool first-team debut when he came on as a late substitute against Wigan Athletic at Anfield towards the end of a 2-1 Premier League defeat on 24 March 2012. Two more substitute appearances followed in the end-of-season matches against the west London clubs Fulham and Chelsea. 

Since Brendan Rodgers took over as boss at Liverpool Sterling has become a vital player in the starting line-up and his rapid progress earned him a call-up to the England u-21's In October and on 14 November 2012, at 17 years and 332 days, he became the fifth-youngest England player when making his debut against Sweden in Stockholm. Sterling signed a new and long-term five-year contract with Liverpool just before Christmas 2012. 

Sterling appeared in thirty-six of the club's fifty-four competitive matches in 2012/13. But the majority of those came before New Year and he wasn't used so frequently in the second half of the season, partly because he had a thigh injury but possibly also through loss of form and confidence and maybe because he had a court case hanging over him for a matter which was eventually dropped when a witness failed to turn up in court. The winger will probably feel that appearing in over 60% of the Premier League fixtures marked considerable progress in his professional career. But his form fluctuated and he only scored twice, in home matches against Reading and Sunderland. Passing his 18th birthday midway through the season, this young man still has a lot to prove despite his recognition at international level.

Sterling had a wonderful 2013/14 season, immediately after which he was named as part of England's squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil along with his team-mates Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge. Still several months short of his 20th birthday when the season ended, this young man really came of age in a footballing sense by appearing in nearly 90% of Liverpool's competitive matches during the season. But apart from becoming a regular in the first team, he started to become a real asset as a goal-taker in addition to being a goal-maker. Ten goals scored was a massive improvement on the two he had scored in 2012/13, especially as he only played in two matches less in that previous season. His dribbling ability and the way he ran at defenders and refused to be knocked off the ball was a constant threat to opponents as he finally began to fulfil the success that had been predicted for him when he was a youngster at Queens Park Rangers in London. Sterling was nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year award which was ultimately won by Chelsea's Eden Hazard. But at LFC's own Players' Awards evening, held in the final week of the season, Raheem deservedly took the Young Player award in recognition of the enormous progress he had made during the previous twelve months, progress which ought to continue in the years ahead because the winger has now added great self-belief and confidence to his obvious ability. 

World Cup 2014 : Still a few months short of his 20th birthday Sterling was a member of the England squad in Brazil and played throughout the opening group match against Italy in Manaus. He started again against Uruguay four days later but was replaced by Ross Barkley after twenty minutes of the second half. He again came on as a substitute in the final group match against Costa Rica, this time for Adam Lallana.  

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals8877180120
2011-2012 300003
2012-2013 241110036
2013-2014 33320038
2014-2015 28348043

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
7Manchester United
7Chelsea
6Swansea City
5Stoke City
5Sunderland
5Aston Villa
5Southampton
5West Ham United
5Manchester City
4Arsenal
4Tottenham
4Everton
4Norwich City
4Newcastle United
3Hull City
3Fulham
3WBA
3Crystal Palace
2Real Madrid
2Zenit St. Petersburg
2Ludogorets
2Cardiff City
2Burnley
2Bournemouth
2QPR
2Wigan Athletic
2Basel
2Hearts
2Young Boys
2Besiktas
2Udinese
2Oldham Athletic
2Bolton Wanderers
2Leicester City
1Middlesbrough
1Gomel
1Anzhi Makhachkala
1Reading
1Blackburn Rovers
1Notts County
Total Started/substitutions
89 Started
12 On the bench
31 Substitute
24 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals17140022
2011-2012 000000
2012-2013 200002
2013-2014 9010010
2014-2015 6130010

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
21Started
1Substitute
TotalCompetition
17Premier League
4League Cup
1FA Cup
TotalGoal minute period
41-15 minutes
616-30 minutes
131-45 minutes
546-60 minutes
361-75 minutes
376-90 minutes
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
22Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
124.03.2012Wigan AthleticAnfieldLeague
5004.12.2013Norwich CityAnfieldLeague
10014.12.2014Manchester UnitedOld TraffordLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
12920.10.2012ReadingAnfieldLeague

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From school struggles to a class of his own

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By Phil McNulty at BBC Sport on 13 July 2012.More

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Related Quotes

"We always knew he was good. He had many nicknames when he played for us. One of them was simply "The Magician". Another was "Raheem Park Rangers" because sometimes he would carry the team on his own. I moved him up to the Under 16s when he was 14 and he was the best player on the pitch. He came on as a sub against Millwall and there was this long ball from the goalkeeper. He watched it drop over his shoulder and volleyed it straight into the top corner. I was glad no scouts were there that day. This became normal. His ability is frightening. Balance, speed, awareness. No-one I've ever seen compares to him. He's a fantastic player and I really hope he does well. He had a tough upbringing in an area with its distractions and maybe that will help his mentality."

Steve Gallen, QPR's head of youth development, praises Raheem Sterling

“In this country we pay them to fail. We don’t want to give them the contracts. I had the situation last year with Raheem. He was brilliant the first six months. I was hanging off [giving him a new contract] because I know the consequence. You are 17 or 18, you are handed that contract, and you think you don’t have to work any more. It’s only natural as a human being – you just cruise, and before you know it, he didn’t play as much in the second half of the season.”

Brendan Rodgers on 26 January 2014 on how he managed Raheem Sterling

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
2011-2012 31 Midfielder
2012-2013 31 Midfielder
2013-2014 31 Midfielder
2014-2015 31 Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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