Michael Owen makes a prediction about Liverpool star Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

Liverpool legend Michael Owen feels Raheem Sterling won't end up as a number nine.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has told the club’s website where he expects Raheem Sterling to end up playing in the future.

Sterling has been used as a centre forward recently by manager Brendan Rodgers, due to the failure of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini to find any form at the top of the team.

Sterling has filled in and has done a solid job there, but Owen doesn’t feel it’s his long term position.

“I think he's still got more to come, I really do. I think in the future he'll probably revert back to one of the wider positions or the No.10 role in behind a No.9,” he told the Liverpool website.

“I think that would be his best position. I really like him when he's running at players and facing the goal, as opposed to playing with his back to goal as a No.9.”

Sterling broke into the Liverpool first team playing as a winger and that’s arguably where he’s best based on his main attributes.

His extreme pace means he can attack space on the counter attack and also means he can keep defenders on the back foot, which allows him to advance and have the run of the game moving forward.

“He's done the job really well. I think he can go on to be a real world-class player. He's got one or two bits of his game that he still needs to improve, but he's got so much going for him.”

There isn’t too much fine tuning, which needs to be done because Sterling has proven to be effective in a number of different roles across the Liverpool attack.

 Start of last season to date PositionTeamGoalsGoal AssistAppearancesMins Played
Raheem Sterling MF Liverpool 13 9 53 3,933

His consistency could improve, but then he bagged nine goals and seven assists last season, which he looks like improving on by the end of the current campaign.

If Liverpool can keep him fit and healthy, he’ll be their most important attacking player over the next few seasons.

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