Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has likened current middle man Raheem Sterling to World Cup and European Championship winner David Silva.
Sterling was used in the number ten role for England last night, at the top of a diamond in the same role we saw him play on several occasions at Anfield last season.
Redknapp suggests that Sterling has the same ability to play between the lines as Sterling with one major difference.
“Raheem Sterling is England’s David Silva. He doesn’t manipulate the ball like the Spaniard, but he can play between the lines and he has something Silva doesn’t have: destructive pace,” writes Redknapp.
Redknapp has shown no fear in branding Sterling England’s best player despite the fact he’s still just a very young man at only 19-years-old.
The speed of his development at Liverpool means Brendan Rodgers deserves massive credit for the way he’s managed the attacking star and he should only mature and get better with age.
“The pass he delivered for the goal was with his left foot and I can’t see a weakness in his game. Credit to Brendan Rodgers for developing him and he will get better.”
The test for Sterling is how he reinvents himself in the Premier League and on the international scene.
He’s no longer a raw and inexperienced young player. He’s one of the biggest assets in these Liverpool and England teams at the will make him a target when the opposition reviews threats of the team he plays for.
Sides could look to rough him up or they could look to contain him with tactics. Either way, if he can still find ways to be effective during difficult games and periods, he could push onto the next level and join a very elite band of top class players.
If he has the same success as Silva (Two Premier Leagues, an FA Cup, a League Cup, two European Championships and a World Cup with Spain) then Liverpool and England will be a very happy bunch.