This time last year Raheem Sterling had impressed us all by not only breaking into the Liverpool first team, but establishing himself as a regular.
An England call-up followed, but the second half of the season he trailed off, burnt out - and finished playing in the under-21s.
This season has mirrored the second half of 2012/13 rather than the first, and his selection against Hull City on December 1 was his first Premier League start of the season.
Unfortunately it ended in defeat, with Liverpool losing 3-1 at the KC Stadium, and Sterling substituted on 66 minutes for Coutinho.
Sterling was clearly a worry for Hull, because he was fouled more times than any other Liverpool player, on four occasions. His three successful dribbling attempts was also the highest of any player on the pitch, but of his three crosses - not one found a teammate.
The teenager ended his display with a pass completion percentage of 93 per cent, and created two goalscoring opportunities - the only player to match this was his replacement Coutinho, who did so in half the time.
And here's where those pass completion stats start to unravel: In 66 minutes - Sterling completed just 14 passes. In fact he touched the ball on just 32 occasions during that time.
It would seem to us that the eye is a greater judge of a good performance, and if Raheem Sterling is reading, he may want to look away now...
Here is what Liverpool supporters had to say on Twitter:
Raheem sterling just isn't good enough. Easily the worst player in #lfc squad.— Ryan McBurney (@ryancmcb) December 1, 2013
Liverpool are weak on the wings. Sterling and Moses just arn't good enough. Simple. #LFC— Brooks (@OllieBrooks_) December 1, 2013
Very disappointed with #LFC today. Sterling is weak/a waste. Moses should only be sub. And Sturridge must be kept fit. Buy a class M in Jan!— mark duda (@dudaski86) December 1, 2013
Simply highlighted squad has no depth&mixed with Rodgers team selection a disappointing result. Sterling has taken 30 steps backward #lfc— Justice for the 96 (@JasonLFC7) December 1, 2013
Sterling needs a 6 month loan somewhere he will play week in week out, it's done wonders for Suso and hopefully same for Raheem. #LFC— Postman_LFC (@Postman_LFC) December 1, 2013
Hoarse. Screamed take sterling off take sterling off coutinho for sterling coutinho for sterling for halfhour. Why ALWAYS at 60min? #LFC— JoJoMicallef (@JoJoMicallef) December 1, 2013
Sterling is not good enough to be playing for Liverpool, he can run but can't take on player, make tackle to win the ball or shoot #LFC— Showan Abu (@Showan92) December 1, 2013
Sterling and Moses offered nothing but at least Sterling can use his age as an excuse. #lfc— lee maughan (@kopthis73) December 1, 2013
Some #LFC fans expect too much from Raheem Sterling sometimes the guy is only 18 give him time to settle into the first team a get game time— The Shankly Gates (@TheShanklyGates) December 1, 2013
Dat sterling guy shuld neva play for #lfc again— Luis Ade_bite_Suarez (@jonpedro14) December 1, 2013
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