Raheem Sterling - The best £500,000 Liverpool ever spent

Is the money spent on Raheem Sterling the best money Liverpool have ever invested?

Liverpool's title charge is showing no sign of slowing down, five points clear with three games to go.

Key to their challenge is teenager Raheem Sterling, who has come into his own in recent weeks.

The 19-year-old has nine goals and four assists, influencing key games against Manchester City and Arsenal.

His double strike and assist against Norwich on Sunday effectively won the game for the Reds, and whatever happens next in his career, the influence he is having this season will always be remembered if Liverpool see through their title challenge.

And that's the beauty of it, Sterling is only just getting started.

Seen as a player who is only just beginning to realise his potential, the sky is the limit for the attacker - who has the potential to go onto be one of the very best players his country has produced.

Few would bet, on current form, against Sterling having an impact at this summer's World Cup for England.

Even when Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez paid a small fee of £500,000 to snap him up from QPR in 2010, there were high expectations placed upon him.

The five goals he struck in a youth team fixture against Southend has gone down in club folklore, and only heightened the excitement around him.

Now he is showing just why he deserved to be hailed as a wonderkid all those years ago.

Few players ever have the type of impact he has had on Liverpool's title chasing season as he is at his age.

Sterling is no one-hit wonder like Federico Macheda at Manchester United.

All the signs are that he is at the top level to stay, and he may become even better than anybody imagined.

His purchase may turn out to be the best money Liverpool ever spent.

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