Which is the best position for Raheem Sterling?

Raheem Sterling And Rodgers

He's known for playing on the wing, but he has shown he can play inside.

Raheem Sterling has somehow become one of the most important players to this Liverpool side.

He came into the team as a pacey winger, someone who could take on full-backs and terrorise opposition defences.

Since he earned his place in the starting XI in December, it has been hard for Brendan Rodgers to even consider dropping the 19-year-old.

He’s shown great ability, his touch is good and for such a small player he possesses a remarkable amount of strength – and seems to have matured a great deal as a footballer.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen more to Sterling than just the winger who can terrorise the opposition’s defence. If you actually cast your mind back to the Capital One Cup tie against Notts County, he spent a spell at right-back towards the end of the game as Liverpool had lost Kolo Toure to injury.

He was introduced into the 3-0 win at Southampton at the start of the month at the head of a midfield diamond when he replaced Philippe Coutinho – and ended up scoring with his first touch of the game.

Sterling was then selected to play in the same role at Old Trafford but from the start as Liverpool repeated their scoreline from at St Mary’s against Manchester United.

But which is Sterling’s best role? It would seem that he does seem a lot more comfortable on the wing but in both performances where he has played in the advanced position in the diamond, he has looked very competent – which also shows the faith that Rodgers has in the youngster to perform that role to a high standard.

However, even if he is better on the wing now, it’s not to say that Sterling should never be played through the middle. Rodgers seems to like his players to be as versatile as possible. Jordan Henderson is a classic example – as is the strike duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge who have both dropped off into wide positions or a deeper role in order to carry out a certain game plan.

There are goals in his game – having scored six of them in the Premier League this campaign - and he does provide Liverpool with some terrific pace. But he also looks very good on the ball, and his technically ability is of a standard that you would probably associate with players from continental Europe.

Those skills are just as useful inside as they are on the wing. His long-term future may still be on the wing, but it’s a useful asset for Liverpool to see one of their most promising talents being showcased as a versatile player.

Who knows, maybe Rodgers has him playing elsewhere in the future?

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