Wednesday, 13th August, 2014

Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has explained that he is looking forward to seeing Raheem Sterling’s progression this season.

The 19-year-old was a revelation last season as he scored 10 goals in all competitions in addition to providing nine assists.

Sterling’s good form prompted England manager Roy Hodgson to include him in his World Cup squad, and despite the Three Lions’ disappointing early exit, the speedy winger impressed in Brazil.

And McAteer, who is eager to follow the youngster’s development, is also interested to see if Jordon Ibe follows Sterling’s footsteps in breaking into Liverpool’s first-team this term.

"I'm very much looking forward to seeing the likes of Adam Lallana, the progression of Raheem Sterling and to see if Jordon Ibe can push for a first-team place," McAteer told LFC TV.  


"For me, Sterling looks as though he feels he belongs in the first team now; he's developed very well and we're seeing the best of him.”

With Luis Suarez joining Barcelona this summer, the onus will be on Daniel Sturridge to score the bulk of Liverpool’s goals in the 2014/15 campaign.

And McAteer feels the added responsibility will help the English striker to become a better player.

"I'm also looking forward to seeing Daniel Sturridge become the main striker. Being the main man, I think, will help him flourish and I'm expecting a big season from him," he added.

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