Raheem Sterling is a genuinely promising and talented player, but the Liverpool winger has a lot more to learn and a lot more to do before he can be considered as one of the best in the world.
The match against Chelsea showed that.
Having been ‘rested’ against Real Madrid away from home in the Champions League last weekend, Sterling was expected to fire on all cylinders against the Blues at Anfield in the Premier League - but he could not.
Sterling was a threat against Chelsea down the left flank and was bright when given the space, but he just could not make the step up against this season’s title favourites.
But was the England international better than Chelsea’s world-class winger Eden Hazard? What do the stats say?
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Hazard had a better game overall and was a consistent threat to Liverpool defence, but statistically he was not that superior to Sterling - who, in case anyone has forgotten, is still a teenager.
While the Chelsea star played two key passes and won three of the five dribbles he tried, the English youngster created one chance and won one of the two dribbles he attempted.
Interestingly, Sterling had more touches than Hazard and had a better pass accuracy (85% to 76%). The latter had just 20% shot accuracy, while the former had 50%.