Captain Steven Gerrard has hailed the sensational impact of youngster Raheem Sterling and believes that the 17 year old has everything he needs to become a one of the greats at the club.
“I think Raheem has been a great surprise to everyone. Not that he’s doing so well at this level – as we always knew he was going to be good enough to play for the first team – but I don’t think anyone expected him to break through so early. When they are young and small sometimes they get eased in towards the end of a season to give them a taste. But the new manager has come in, seen what he’s done in pre-season and said, ‘Yeah, he’s ready now’. He’s given him his chance and Raheem’s not let anyone down. He’s been sensational so far. We all know he’s exciting, that he can run at players and if he gets in one on one situations he’s deadly. If he can add goals and assists to his game as he grows then he can go all the way to the top.”
Sterling, 17, who has become a first-team regular this season became the Reds’ second-youngest scorer in the Premier League after Michael Owen. It was a Fantastic finish from the youngster to slot home his first Premier League goal. Sterling constantly linked well with Suarez and Gerrard to get the attack move going and was a constant threat for opposition defence.