Liverpool star is igniting title charge - and it's not Suarez!

Raheem Sterling Liverpool

Luis Suarez may be stealing the headlines at Anfield but Raheem Sterling has enjoyed a remarkable upturn in form lately.

After eight Premier League games this season, Raheem Sterling had no goals and no assists to his name.

It was as though he was taking a leaf out of Stewart Downing's book on how to be a Liverpool winger.

But, in the last four games, the 19-year-old has hit the back of the net no less than three times and registered an assist as well.

Eureka! The Sterling from last season is back. And what a joy it is to watch.

With Victor Moses struggling for game-time, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard injured - and Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto proving stars of the future but hardly the present, the young winger's return to form could not be more timely.

And it is no small coincidence that Liverpool now sit top of the league table.

Yes, Luis Suarez has done the bulk of the work, scoring 19 times in 12 games - and taking our breath away each time in the process. But no star is anything without their supporting cast.

In Jordan Henderson, Phillipe Coutinho and Sterling, Suarez has a cast fit for any Oscar Awards ceremony.

Considering Sterling's form earlier in the season, moreover - his lack of physicality, his low work-rate and his obvious attitude problems - that is no small feat.

The 19-year-old has taken the flanks by storm, cementing his place within the Liverpool team and taking advantage of Suarez's red-hot form by linking up superbly with the Uruguayan.

It begs the question: just how good can Sterling become once he learns everything he can from Suarez in training?

So while the plaudits will undoubtedly go to Liverpool's main man, do not forget to give credit where it is due: Raheem Sterling is slowly making his mark on Brendan Rodgers' side.

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