Raheem Sterling celebrates with Brendan Rodgers after scoring the first goal against Norwich City. Reuters

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has thanked manager Brendan Rodgers for expressing confidence and faith in his skills, which have helped him flourish this season.

The youngster began the previous campaign for the Reds on a high but gradually faded in the second half of the last season.

However, Sterling has made remarkable progress this season. He has made 30 appearances in the Premier League and has scored nine goals while contributing four assists in the process.

The England international scored two goals during the Merseyside club's 3-2 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road, to ensure Liverpool did not slip up in the title race. Sterling also laid an assist for Luis Suarez, who netted his 30<sup>th league goal of the campaign.

The 19-year-old states that he is completely aware of the potential to which he can raise his performances and reveals that his confidence has received a massive boost.

"He [Rodgers] has had belief in me; he has put me in different positions and had the faith to try me there. He has had great faith and I am just glad I got a goal for him and a goal for the team," Sterling told the Liverpool Echo.

"I knew there was a lot more to come from me. I just needed to have confidence and right now my confidence is sky high."

Liverpool sit on top of the league table having amassed 80 points from 35 matches, five points ahead of second placed Chelsea. Manchester City are currently third with 74 points, having played only 34 matches.

Rodgers' side have not lost a single league fixture in the calendar year and are on a 11-match winning run in the league. Sterling insists that everyone at the club are keeping their cool, aware that they cannot afford to drop any points in their remaining three fixtures if they intend to end their 24-year wait for the coveted title.

"We just have to keep our head down, keep working hard and concentrate on the weekend. We come in every day, we see each other and we know what the dream is. We are keeping each other modest," Sterling explained.

"We are taking it step by step. We know what a big part of the season this is. If we keep working hard, there is a real goal at the end of it," the winger concluded.