Liverpool defender Glen Johnson led the post-match praise for teenage goalscorer Raheem Sterling, who handed the Anfield side their first home victory of the season in a 1-0 triumph over Reading.

Sterling, just 17, broke his duck at senior level midway through the first-half and, in the process, became Liverpool‘s second-youngest scorer in Premier League history after Michael Owen.

Johnson, who himself broke through to first-team football at a young age with West Ham, believes that his side’s rising star is learning quickly what it takes to be a top player in the Premier League.

“We were delighted for Raheem to score his first goal and he deserved it,” Johnson told Liverpool’s official site. He just takes everything in his stride and is always willing to learn.

“He has got fantastic attributes and I’m pretty sure and confident that this won’t be his last goal in the Premier League that’s for sure. He is a confident lad every day in training and a good lad as well. He is learning quickly.”

Manager Brendan Rodgers was equally enthusiastic, adding:  ”It was a brilliant goal. We have been asking him, Suso and the other wide players to try to break the line of defenders and he’s done that.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work on that on the training field but all the credit goes to him because he’s got to identify the moment to go in.

“It wasn’t an easy chance because he is going away from goal, has a quick defender tracking him and to adjust his feet and have the technique to shoot across the keeper is wonderful. He’s a terrific talent and he’s got a good head on young shoulders.”