Rooney: Liverpool star has all the hallmarks of former Arsenal hero Overmars

Raheem Sterling

Wayne Rooney has lauded Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and drawn comparisons with former Arsenal hero Marc Overmars.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been waxing lyrical over England international teammate Raheem Sterling, comparing him to former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars.

The Liverpool winger has garnered a reputation as one of England’s bright sparks in an otherwise gloomy period following Roy Hodgson’s recent World Cup nightmare.

The Three Lions finished bottom of their group in Brazil, picking up a solitary draw against Costa Rica after two previous defeats against Italy and Uruguay.

Sterling, however, certainly showed more than enough glimpses of his Anfield form as the Reds’ star outshone his teammates in almost every category.

  TeamPosTotal Scoring Att / appsWon Corners / appsWon Contest / appsAccurate Pass / appsAppsMins
Wayne Rooney England FW 2.67 1.67 1.00 20.33 3 194
Raheem Sterling England FW 1.33 1.67 3.33 20.00 3 182
Ross Barkley England MF 0.67 0.67 1.67 21.67 3 145
Danny Welbeck England FW 0.50 0.50 1.00 19.50 2 132
Adam Lallana England MF 0 0.33 0 10.33 3 91
James Milner England MF 0 0 2.00 18.00 1 76

As per the table shown by Opta Stats, only Rooney had more scoring attempts whereas Sterling topped England’s list with successful dribbles made and alongside the Red Devils’ captain won the most corners.

The 19-year-old’s superb start to life on the international scene has been felt within the dressing room and according to his new skipper Rooney, his playing style has touches of genius once performed by one of the Gunners’ former heroes.

“Before the World Cup I showed him videos of Marc Overmars because he reminded me of him. He has the potential to be as good as Overmars,” Rooney said, quoted by the Daily Mail.

“Raheem is a fantastic and quite an unusual player. He can play right across the front line, out wide. Although he's a small lad, he's really strong. The potential he's shown is incredible. He'll be a massive player for us over the next 10 to 15 years and, unfortunately, for Liverpool.”

The former QPR academy product made his Liverpool Premier League debut aged just 17 and 107 days, becoming the second-youngest player ever to represent the club.

Marc Overmars, in contrast, joined Arsenal when he was 24 in 1997 and despite receiving criticism in his first season in North London, he played a major part in the Gunners’ league and cup double a year later.

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