And Liverpool have today confirmed that the talented youngster has pledged his future to the Merseyside club.
told the club's official website: "It's every 18-year-old's dream. I'm
just really grateful to be at such a big club like this.
a lot more to be done. I haven't begun yet, as the manager has said.
Hopefully I can kick on after the New Year and try to do my best for the
team and the football club."
Sterling was signed from QPR in
2010 for an initial fee believed to be around £500,000 and has since
gone on to become a first-team regular at Anfield.
up 25 appearances so far this term, Sterling's form was impressive
enough to earn him his first international call-up for Roy Hodgson's
England side in November.
Managing director Ian Ayre said: "This is another positive step
forward for the football club in securing the long-term future of one of
the country's brightest young talents.
"The negotiations were very positive and both parties acted in a very
responsible way to reach an outcome that benefits both Raheem and
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the young
starlet still has a long way to go at the club, despite his promising
"I always congratulate players when they sign a new contract and then I warn them," Rodgers told reporters.
"I tell them they need to decide after this contract whether there is
going to be another contract at one of the biggest clubs in the world
or whether it will be at a different level. They can't rely on this
contract and I make sure they know that.
"He has been rewarded as a young player who, at 18 years of age, has
come in and performed very well. He will never be elevated above his
position here at the club, but he has been rightly rewarded and it is
fantastic for the football club."