Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle has advised Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling to learn from Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.
Chile international Sanchez has been in breathtaking form since moving to the Gunners from Barcelona in the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £35 million.
In 15 Premier League appearances so far this season, the 26-year-old has scored nine goals and created 41 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 71%.
One of the key aspects of Sanchez’s game is his work ethic. The former Udinese star is one of the hardest working players in the Arsenal team, and is always running and trying to stay involved.
Sanchez has also shown how clinical he is, and Hoddle has urged Sterling to learn it from the Chilean.
“What I love about Sanchez is his hunger,” Hoddle wrote in The Daily Mail. “Hard work isn’t a dirty word for him; he puts in a shift. He shares that attribute with Suarez and Carlos Tevez…
“But Sanchez’s best quality is his calmness in the penalty area to finish chances off — and if Sterling can learn from that, he can become a truly great player.
“The Liverpool flyer is still young — he was 20 earlier this month — but there are similarities with Sanchez in that he can get into the same positions, whether he plays down the middle or down the side.
“The next step for him is to become a finisher — do that and in two or three years’ time he could end up at Barcelona or Real Madrid. He’s not ready for that now, but he could be.”
Sterling enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2013-14 and was deployed primarily as a winger. The England international started the 2014-15 campaign out on the wide, but in the last couple of matches he has been used as a centre-forward.
The 20-year-old’s performances in that new role have been mixed. While the youngster was guilty of missing chances against Manchester United last weekend, he scored twice against Bournemouth in midweek.
Sterling and Sanchez will face each other at Anfield on Sunday when Liverpool host Arsenal in the Premier League.