Liverpool’s rising star Raheem Sterling has been in the midst of controversy since an assault charge landed the 18 year old in court.
Sterling has confirmed that it is his Mother that is keeping the his feet on the ground
The winger has become a regular fixture in the first-team squad, along with recently signing a lucrative five-year deal with The Reds.
Born in Jamaica, Sterling moved to London when he was five years old. He has not let success get to his head because his mother Nadine, who moved to Liverpool when her son signed at Anfield in 2010, keeps his feet on the ground.
The 18-year-old told the club’s official website: “She talks to me about the games and training, making sure that everything goes smoothly. If I score or make an assist, she’ll tell me that I need to keep doing it.
“She tells me off for being lazy, for not helping around the house, but I’m becoming better at that. She gives me stick, but I do my bit.
“She wants me to brush the stairs and help out in the kitchen. It is hard work. I cleaned the living room a couple of days ago.”
“I’ve had to do quite a bit of growing up, to keep my head down. I can’t do things I did before my debut, going to different places. I am monitoring my time better and making sure I get loads of rest,” he explained.
Sterling has not started any of the last five Premier League games following the arrivals of Daniel Sturridge and Coutinho, and said: “As a young player, you’ve just got to work hard. Hopefully I can get on the bench and then make an impact. Hopefully I can get a chance and take it. I don’t feel added pressure. I’ve got to play my normal game, and hopefully that will work out.
Recent doubts that he would abandon his English international duties to play for Jamaica at senior level were extinguished when Roy Hodgson handed him a full debut against Sweden in November. Despite Sterling pledging his affinity to the Three Lions, he still does what he can to be involved in his homeland.
“When I go to Jamaica in the summer I’m looking to pay for two primary schools in my area, for the whole school’s school fees and their lunch money for the year. Hopefully it can be done. I went last summer. Everyone is living okay but not everyone has it easy — their mums and dads have to work hard for it. If I can chip in and help, that would be good.”