The Liverpool legend may have retired from England duty, but he has identified his Anfield teammate as one of the country's biggest talents.
With all the talk this week about Raheem Sterling, and the 'tiredness' that caused a disagreement between his club manager Brendan Rodgers and England boss Roy Hodgson, it was important for the player that as soon as he got the chance to get back on the pitch he demonstrated his talent.
And the 19-year-old did just that as he returned to his previous club QPR and was the catalyst for the late drama alongside Philipe Coutinho that won the Anfield club the game.
It was Sterling's quick free kick that saw Richard Dunne put through his own net, while the England star played an important role in his other side's two goals with his threatening runs.
After the game, his Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard encouraged everyone to support the winger rather than criticise him.
"The media and the public have got to be behind this kid because he's going to be the best player in the country," said Gerrard following the win at Loftus Road.
Rodgers was also quick to turn media interest in the player back to his quality on the pitch.
"I thought his cleverness and brightness led to the first goal," the Northern Irishman said. "The best players come alive when the game goes dead.
"And the breakaways for the other two, they are just all about his speed, his technique, his courage to carry the ball, run with the ball."