'Great signing' Sterling in dream debut for Liverpool after switch from QPR

10 March 2010 10:39
Hot prospect: Raheem Sterling

Teen sensation Raheem Sterling made a dream debut  for Liverpool - scoring against neighbours Everton in an Under 18s match and finding himself hailed as a 'great signing'.

Not a bad start for the 15-year-old England youth international, signed from Queens Park Rangers for an initial £600,000 last month when all of the Barclays Premier League big boys were sniffing around.

Liverpool's youngsters came from two down to eventually beat Everton 4-3, with Sterling's goal and contribution impressing academy boss Rodolfo Borrell.

'I was pleased with Raheem's contribution and that he scored on his debut,' said the former Barcelona coach.

'He is quick and skilful but still only young. He can improve tactically and has a long way to go, but he is a great signing for this football club.

'He was one of a number of good individual performances, but the main thing was how well the team did as a whole. That is what matters most and they all contributed to a deserved triumph.'

Borrell dedicated the victory to his compatriot Rafa Benitez, increasingly under pressure after the Premier League defeat by Wigan on Monday night.

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'It is a nice victory for me, but especially for the fans and the club,' said Borrell. 'I am also happy for Rafael Benitez, as he invests a lot of time in the club and the ccademy.

'He made a bold move to bring me and the rest of my staff to Liverpool, so it's nice to be able to win this sort of match for him.'

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Source: Daily_Mail