The rise and rise of Raheem Sterling

Roy Hodgson noted the improvement Sterling has made under Brendan Rodgers this week during England's friendly with Denmark.

The progress that Raheem Sterling has made since coming to Liverpool has been staggering – from being the promising teenager to an integral part of a Liverpool side that is in the title race by the age of 19 is remarkable progress.

At the start of the season it looked as if he was going to be used as a back-up player – notably with Victor Moses being brought in on loan from Chelsea for the season and Brendan Rodgers trialling new systems and ways of Liverpool to get the best out of the talent at their disposal.

It also looks as he will be part of England’s World Cup squad that heads to Brazil in the summer – and from the looks of it he could be a key player in that team if his man of the match performance during the 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley was anything to go by.

Since he got his chance in the starting line-up in the poor 3-1 defeat to Hull City in December, Sterling’s performances have gone from strength to strength.

He’s already surpassed the performance statistics of last season. In the Premier League he scored twice and provided six assists and didn’t feature much towards the end of the campaign. He has already been directly involved in nine goals and is showing that he has more of an end product to his game - and if you look to the Southampton game he demonstrated a cool head when given the chance to double Liverpool's lead when he could've easily lashed the ball over the bar.

Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 6 23 1,501
NameTeamPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 3 23 1,501

Roy Hodgson commented on the youngster's progress, that he has become a stronger player that isn't hard to knock off the ball - which is demonstrated that out of the 34 tackles he's been involved in this season - he has won 26 which is a very good return for small, attack minded player. The amount of duels he has been involved in is a rather large amount as well.

NameTeamPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 3 23 1,501
NameTeamPosDuel WonAppsMins
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 144 23 1,501

The scary thing is, he's only 19 and there could be a lot more improvement to come from Sterling. For Liverpool fans it's going to be a pleasure watching him.

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