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Sterling: Mum is like Mourinho, Gerrard is an inspiration

Friday, January 11th 2013 07:27

Raheem Sterling opens up about the influences in his life

Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling has been talking openly about his life and time since moving to Anfield.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said: "My Mum rules my life - she’s a nightmare at times, but I love her and she’s the main person in my life, she has got a very strong personality and thinks she’s the boss!

"When I get home from training, she’s there, in my face. She’s there 24/7. I don’t know where she gets her knowledge from. At first she wouldn’t come to the games, but then she saw how much I liked it and really got into it.

"Now she thinks she’s Jose Mourinho!

"Some of the stuff she’s telling me, the manager is telling me as well. She really knows about the game and how to play, what to do.

"She tells me where I could have done better, if I miss a chance then that’s it - I’m done. She gives me no sympathy if I’ve had a bad game. But she tries to be constructive with her criticism, not to put me down. She’s been great for me."

Speaking about Gerrard, he 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.

"He looked after me when I first joined the club, got into the team and when I was looking for somewhere to live. He’s an inspiration and a great captain.”

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