Raheem Sterling is relishing the prospect of lining up in the Champions League next season and using the experiences of this term to develop into a better player.

Liverpool will return to Europe's premier competition following a five-year absence after booking their place in the tournament in style.

"It's a great boost to come back to, being back in the Champions League," Sterling told Liverpoolfc.com. "For a young player like me, it'll be a great experience. I'm really looking forward to it.

"It's credit to the boys who worked day in, day out, to try and make our dream come true. It's unfortunate that we couldn't [win the title], but it is a great credit to everyone. We worked really well from the get-go.

"It's been a great season. We've all worked hard to try and achieve our goal. We came close, but we'll definitely be looking forward to next season and give it another real go again."

Sterling was one of the stars of Liverpool's campaign, scoring 10 goals in 38 appearances to earn himself the club's Young Player of the Year award and confirm his inclusion in England's World Cup finals squad.

The 19-year-old feels the experiences of this season will aid his development as a player.

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"It's definitely been a great experience for me. Hopefully next season we can go again and try to be right up there again.

"With the experience I've gained from this season, hopefully I can put that into the team.

"Personally, for any 19-year-old to play in a team like this is a great achievement, but I won't stop here - I'll keep going, keep working for the team and hopefully develop into a better player next season.

"But enough talk about me - it's been a great team performance throughout the season and so credit goes to the boys."