Sterling makes Prague trip
Liverpool prodigy Raheem Sterling could become the club's youngest first-team player against Sparta Prague.
Last Updated: 16/02/11 12:14pm
Liverpool prodigy Raheem Sterling could become the club's youngest first-team player after his surprise inclusion in the squad to travel to face Sparta Prague.
The 16-year-old, who only celebrated his birthday in December, has flown with his club to the Czech Republic, but Steven Gerrard did not travel as the captain continues to recover from a groin injury.
Sterling has been receiving rave reviews all season for his work in Liverpool's Academy and he shot to new heights on Monday when he scored five goals in a 9-0 FA Youth Cup thrashing of Southend.
Should he feature against Sparta aged just 16 years and 71 days he will break by some margin the previous Liverpool record set by fellow Under-18 team-mate Jack Robinson, who made his Premier League debut against Hull City last May.
Sterling is still at school, but could take part against Prague in the last 32 of the Europa League as it is currently the half-term holidays.
The England youth international joined Liverpool's Academy last February after a £500,000 move from QPR.
Meanwhile, Gerrard remained in England to continue rehabilitation work on his groin injury, while centre-back Daniel Agger was also left behind with a similar problem.
Manager Kenny Dalglish included youngsters Conor Coady, John Flanagan, Tom Ince and Robinson.
Midfielder Christian Poulsen misses the clash at the Stadion Letna after his wife went into labour.
But Joe Cole returns from a knee injury and fellow midfielder Raul Meireles has recovered from the sickness that saw him withdrawn at half-time against Wigan on Saturday.
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