England ace Raheem Sterling speaks highly of his club and country's captain
has paid tribute to Steven Gerrard
, his captain for both club and country, after enjoying his breakthrough year in 2012.
The 18-year-old has experienced a whirlwind six months, establishing himself in the Premier League with Liverpool and also making his senior England debut.
And Sterling believes that Gerrard has been a guiding light throughout, helping him settle into the first team squad at Anfield and with the Three Lions.
Speaking to The Mirror
, Sterling said: "He has been brilliant for me. He's always looking after me, always checking to see if I'm alright,"
"I've noticed as well that if anyone touches me on the pitch, he'll always get them straight back with a tackle.
"He's always looking after me, on the pitch, off the pitch."
Sterling arrived at Anfield from QPR as a 15-year-old in 2010 and has since developed into one of English football's hottest properties.
His skill, pace and creativity have seen him become one of the key men for Brendan Rodgers' side and the north Londoner says Gerrard has been there for him since the day he arrived on Merseyside.
"He looked after me when I first joined the club, got into the team and when I was looking for somewhere to live," he added.
"He's an inspiration and a great captain."
Sterling has been a regular for England over the last three years, starring with the U16s, U17s, U19s and Under-21s before Roy Hodgson handed him a senior debut against Sweden last November
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