'Brilliant' Liverpool star hailed as major title factor: Not Suarez or Sturridge

Raheem Sterling And Rodgers

Former Arsenal hero Ian Wright has hailed the impact of Raheem Sterling at Liverpool.

Raheem Sterling starred for Liverpool in their crucial away win over West Ham yesterday as the Reds took a step closer to the Premier League title.

And his performance certainly impressed Ian Wright, with the former Arsenal striker telling BBC's 606:

"I thought Sterling was brilliant. He was involved in everything. He made lots of touches, he can go past people.

"It helps he is playing in a team on the rise, but he's one of the major reasons for that."

Sterling has had a huge second half of the season for Liverpool, and it could not have been more different to a year ago.

With manager Brendan Rodgers seeing signs of burn out in his young star, he rested the teenager from the first team for the final months, dispatching him to the under-21s to keep fit.

Sterling began this season out of the first team, making his first start in a mid-Autumn defeat at Hull which saw many fans demand he be sent out on loan to aid his development.

Liverpool stuck with him however and he quickly got back up to speed, becoming a near-certainty for this summer's England squad at the World Cup.

Sterling made two successful dribbling attempts against West Ham, creating three goalscoring opportunities, while completing 86% of his passes.

This season the 19-year-old has contributed six goals and three assists to Liverpool's title charge, in 19 starts and nine appearances from the bench.

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