Liverpool capitulated against Real Madrid at Anfield, but one player who gave his all throughout the 90 minutes was Raheem Sterling.
The winger was recently in the news for his claims of being too tired to start for England against Estonia away from home in a Euro 2016 qualifier.
On Wednesday, though, the 19-year-old was full of life and energy in the Champions League Group B clash. Although it was not enough to prevent Liverpool from suffering a humiliating 3-0 defeat, Sterling’s performance was arguably the best among the home team’s players.
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As the stats above demonstrate, Sterling was a handful for the Madrid defenders, especially down the wings.
Despite playing against one of the three strongest teams in Europe, the teenager was not afraid to try dribbles. He won 50% of the dribbles he attempted, and that shows the skill and talent he has.
Philippe Coutinho was supposed to be the creator-in-chief for Liverpool against Madrid, but Sterling also stepped up, providing two key passes.
Sterling’s performance against the defending European champions will not go down as one of his most memorable ones, but the young England international certainly showed that he is not scared by big-name world-class players.