The Liverpool manager joked that a second-half effort from Sterling was more like Gervais than Spurs legend Ricky Villa after the winger failed to produce a powerful finish despite beating three Tottenham Hotspur defenders.
The boss joked about my effort and said it was like a baby’s shot. He’s given me a bit of stick for it but my finishing is something I’m working on
“He dribbled through the Spurs defence like Ricky Villa, but his finish was more like Ricky Gervais,” Rodgers said after a 3-0 win at Spurs on Sunday.
Sterling had given the visitors an eighth minute lead at White Hart Lane before Steven Gerrard 49th-minute penalty and Alberto Moreno’s superb solo effort sealed three points.
However, the 19-year-old, who was six when Gervais rose to prominence through his award-winning show The Office, had to turn to Google in order to understand Rodgers’s joke.
“I didn’t understand what the gaffer said when I was first told about it,” Sterling told Liverpool’s website. “But then I typed both names into Google, so now I know.
“The boss joked about my effort and said it was like a baby’s shot. He’s given me a bit of stick for it but my finishing is something I’m working on. Hopefully, next time, I’ll score two.
“We have professional respect and he’s a good man-manager who has helped me a lot on and off the training field. I really look up to him and I’m glad he’s my manager.”
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