Bullet dodged! The transfer which could have seen Liverpool fall out the title race...

Raheem Sterling Liverpool

Raheem Sterling was reportedly set to join Swansea City earlier in the season and no doubt would have done if not for a change of heart by Rodgers - in hindsight, just how much of a loss would he have been?

From the fringes of the first-team to an integral part of the most in-form team in Europe's top five divisions, Raheem Sterling has become a whirlwind success at Anfield in recent weeks - but it could have been so different.

Prior to the January transfer window opening there was intense speculation over the player being allowed to leave on a short-term loan. In fact, Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo in November that the 18-year-old still had a long way to go to becoming a first-team regular at Anfield, which shortly after prompted rumours a prospective loan move to Swansea City.

However, the England international has quickly become a large part of what is happening at Anfield at the moment, and looks set to play a major role in Liverpool's title run-in.

Since the 4th December, Raheem Sterling's record with Liverpool in the league has been incredible. He has played 21 times, winning 17, drawing twice and losing on just two occasions, which gives him a win percentage of 81% - a record which over the course of the season would roughly accumulate a staggering 92 points. 

The situation is quite similar to that of Gareth Bale's early days at White Hart Lane.

According to reports, Bale was in a similar position to Sterling in the 2009/10 season where he was linked with a move to Championship clubs Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City. However, no move materialised and he went on to enjoy an emphatic second half to the season. It was from then onwards that he went on to become the €100 million player he is today.

Liverpool fans will no doubt be hoping Sterling follows a similar career path, and can go on to play a further part in their quest for the Premier League title.

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