Sterling targets goals.
Liverpool wonderkid Raheem Sterling has admitted that he intends to increase his goals output this season to help fill the void left by Luis Suarez.
Controversial Uruguayan Suarez was the leading scorer in the Premier League last term, with 31 goals in 33 appearances.
However, he has since departed Anfield, joining Barcelona for a transfer fee in the region of £75m.
The Reds have replaced Suarez with Mario Balotelli, who signed from AC Milan in a £16m move, but the former Manchester City star only netted 14 goals in his last 30 Serie A games.
Daniel Sturridge – Balotelli’s new strike partner – bagged an impressive 21 goals in 29 league games last season, but Sterling thinks that more members of the team will have to find the net consistently if the Reds are to mount a serious title charge.
Sterling told Sky Sports: “The manager has brought players in to try and replace Luis. Everyone has got to contribute with goals and chipping in.
“That is something I am looking forward to doing. That is a massive part of my aim this season; contribute as many goals as I can.”
Sterling struck nine times in 33 Premier League outings during the 2014-15 campaign and he has already netted twice in three matches this season.
As a team, Liverpool scored 101 Premier League goals last season. Only champions Man City scored more – 102.
However, the Reds were far behind their title rivals in the defensive stakes.
The Anfield outfit conceded 50 times, while Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal shipped just 27, 37 and 41 goals respectively.