Gazzetta dello Sport has published a list of who they feel are the top 60 teenagers in world football. And Liverpool fans can take pride in the fact that Raheem Sterling is number five on that list.
The 19-year-old is enjoying an outstanding season for the Reds, and was singled out for special praise ahead of the likes of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge after Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 at the weekend.
Sterling has made 32 appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ side so far this campaign, scoring seven goals and providing eight assists to date. He is also being tipped to play a big part in England’s World Cup campaign in Brazil this summer.
Despite his stature, Sterling refuses to be bossed on a football pitch, and uses his speed and technical ability to brilliant effect for one so young.
Given that he already has so much experience, Liverpool fans will surely be excited at just how good he will ultimately become.
In short, a 25-year-old Sterling is an exciting prospect for the Anfield faithful and a terrifying one for those destined to face him.
The only question Reds fans may have is why he was not further up the list.
You can see the complete Top 10 below:
1. Adnan Januzaj, 2. Lucas Piazon, 3. Marquinhos, 4. Gerard Deulofeu, 5. Raheem Sterling, 6. Zakariah Bakkali, 7. Leon Goretzka, 8. Luke Shaw, 9. Domenico Berardi, 10. Lucas Ocampos