Raheem Sterling

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Raheem Sterling was born on the 8th of December 1994 in Kingston, Jamaica, and was raised by his grandmother. At the age of five he immigrated to London, England with his mother. Once arrived, he attended Copland High School in Wembley, North West London.

 

English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Liverpool and the England national team. He has one daughter born in 2012 after a brief relationship. On 8 August 2013, Sterling was arrested for an alleged assault on his model girlfriend.

 

He was found not guilty at Liverpool Magistrates Court on 20 September.Sterling had previously gone to trial for another assault on a woman, but the case was abandoned after alleged witnesses did not appear.

 

On 24 March 2012, Sterling made his senior Liverpool debut as a substitute in a league match against Wigan Athletic, aged 17 years and 107 days, becoming the second-youngest player ever to play for the club in the process. On 1 May he made his second appearance, again as a substitute, against Fulham.

 

He gained attention when he scored five goals in a 9-0 win over South end in the FA Youth Cup on 14 February 2011. He received his first call up to the senior team for the away-leg of the Europa League match against Sparta Prague on 24 February 2011, aged just 16 years and 79 days; however he failed to make the match day squad.

 

He had been drafted into the match day squad due to a spate of injuries to the likes of Craig Bellamy and Charlie Adam. He was brought on for Dirk Kuyt with just under 10 minutes remaining whilst Liverpool were disappointingly trailing 2-1.

 

Whilst Sterling failed to help Liverpool rescue the game, he did put in a very encouraging performance, displaying both his pace and dribbling skills. Sterling became the second youngest debutant in Liverpool’s history, behind Jack Robinson, at 17 years 107 days.

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On 2 January 2013, Sterling netted Liverpool’s first goal of the calendar year, opening the scoring in the 3-0 home win over Sunderland with a sublime chip over keeper Simon Mignolet.

 

This was Sterlings second goal of the season. On 27 January 2013, Sterling played in Liverpool FA Cup 4th round tie away to League One side Oldham, becoming Liverpool’s youngest ever FA Cup player- aged 18 years and 50 days.

 

Unfortunately the occasion would not be one to remember for Sterling as the Reds suffered a shock 3-2 defeat.   On 13 April 2014, Sterling netted the opening goal in Liverpool’s 3-2 home win over Man City.

 

Billed as a potential title decider, in the 6th minute Sterling collected a pass from Suarez in the box and turned both Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart before slotting into the net. Sterling continued his fine form with a man of the match display in Liverpool’s next game, away to Norwich on 20 April 2014.

 

Sterling was nominated for the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year award which was ultimately won by Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.