Jordan Henderson has praised his Liverpool teammate Raheem Sterling, and inadvertently suggested the reason he could ultimately become one of the very best footballers in the world.
Much has been written about Sterling during and after his outstanding campaign for the Reds. But with the World Cup fast approaching, the 19-year-old could be about to show the world what those at Anfield have known for some time.
Roy Hodgson is unlikely to heap the hopes of a nation on his shoulders, but Sterling will get opportunities, and there is an excellent chance he will take them for one simple reason that Henderson recently revealed.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, the former Sunderland man said of Sterling, “He’s outstanding. He has no fear.
“For such a young boy he’s got great awareness and his knowledge of the game is really good.
“He can go as far as he wants to go.”
He certainly can, but there was one sentence that stood out about all others, and that was when Henderson said his club and international teammate was fearless.
It is a trait often associated with the young, but in the case of Sterling it goes a long way to explaining just why he enjoyed such a stellar campaign at Anfield and why he is being tipped for the top of the game.
Sterling is not intimidated. He simply plays his game. And it is the ability to do that which marks the great from the good.
Good players play the game, but the very best play their game. And it takes a certain courage and ability in oneself to do that.
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Last season Sterling scored nine Premier League goals, set up a further five and played 52 key passes in total. He also won 92 contests when running at the opposition and averaged a goal every 247 minutes in the league.
But alongside those core stats sit his overall performances, which contained verve, tenacity and an innate talent that just cannot be taught.
Sterling certainly is fearless, and provided he continues to be, he may just become one of the very best in the game, which will be music to the ears of fans of both Liverpool and England.