Jamie Redknapp explains why Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling can succeed as a striker

Raheem Sterling

Jamie Redknapp is confident that Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling can succeed as a striker.

Jamie Redknapp believes that Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling can play as a centre-forward.

England international Sterling is a winger by trade, but Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has played him as a striker in the last two matches.

The 20-year-old led the Liverpool line against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday, and spearheaded the team’s attack against Bournemouth in the League Cup on Wednesday.

Against United, Sterling could not score and also squandered a very good chance, but against Championship outfit Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium, he was on target twice.

Former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp was impressed with Sterling’s performance as a centre-forward and told Sky Sports: “I don’t care what centre-half you are, when you are facing that young man and he is running at you, you have got a real problem. I have said it before, but he is good enough to play anywhere he wants

“What he is up against at the moment in the form of Balotelli, Borini and Lambert, he is the best option. When Sturridge comes back, both can kick on and we will see what happens.”

Sterling is young and can modify his game, but perhaps it would not be too wise to expect him to gel as a striker rightaway.

Against Bournemouth, the youngster was hugely impressive, but one needs to remember that the Cherries are only a Championship team.

For Sterling to truly succeed as a centre-forward, he needs to be afforded time and patience.

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