Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling is understood to be close to agreeing a new deal at Liverpool Getty

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has urged Brendan Rodgers to play Raheem Sterling in one position in order to get the best out of the youngster.

Sterling's versatile style of play can see him adapt in multiple positions, giving his manager more options during the team selection. The 19-year-old was one of the standout players for the Merseyside club last season, alongside Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

The Uruguayan international left Anfield and completed his switch to Barcelona. Meanwhile, the former Chelsea man is still recovering from injuries and is on the sidelines since September.

Evans, who was in charge at Liverpool from 1994 to 1998, has insisted Sterling get back to basics to regain form.

"I think he needs to go back to being really positive and maybe [Brendan Rodgers should] play him in the one position where he feels really comfortable and get at [opponents]," Evans told talkSPORT.

"As far as Raheem Sterling is concerned, he's just got himself caught up in the England row about being tired. I just think he's lost his way a little bit."

"He's a great talent and all young players go through that time where they lose a bit of confidence and Raheem has been like that for the last few weeks. He hasn't been at his best but there is plenty more to come from him," the former Reds left-half added.

Meanwhile, Rodgers had rested several of his key players during the midweek Champions League clash against Real Madrid. Liverpool lost the tie 1-0 at the Spanish capital and the former Swansea manager has defended his team selection for the European tie.

However, Real star Gareth Bale admitted that he was surprised to see Liverpool's starting XI before the match.

"I was surprised by how many changes [they made]. But they worked hard, they gave a good account of themselves. It's always difficult coming to the Bernabeu, playing against us. We're always confident at our home ground, but they played well," Bale told ITV.

"Under Brendan Rodgers they're playing some great football, they're obviously going through a bit of a sticky patch but that happens to teams and I think they'll come out of it stronger and back to their best."