(Sporting Alert) — Talented striker Raheem Sterling has been handed a starting place for Liverpool in their Europa League play-off game against Hearts tonight.
Manager Brendon Rodgers continues to rotate his squad, which sees the likes of Andy Carroll, Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard all being left out.
“Raheem is a player who has impressed me over the course of pre-season. He has got better and better every day,” Rodgers said.
“He understands his responsibility in the team and his team ethic is good. Plus when he gets the ball his quality has been excellent.”
Also getting starting places in the game at Tynecastle Stadium are Italian striker Fabio Borini, who will partner Sterling and Charlie Adam, who starts in midfield.
Jack Robinson, Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, and Daniel Agger also start, but Stewart Downing, Lucas and Sebastian Coates all start on the bench.
Liverpool: Reina, Robinson, Carragher, Agger, Kelly, Henderson, Spearing, Adam, Shelvey, Sterling, Borini.
Subs: Jones, Coates, Downing, Lucas, Allen, Flanagan, Morgan.