Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has written in The Sun that Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling will have to show consistency in years to come.
Sterling is widely considered as one of the best young players in the world and has been a major figure in the Liverpool first team for almost two years.
The 20-year-old has been in impressive form this season, and showed his versatility by playing as a centre-forward before Daniel Sturridge’s return from injury.
Former Arsenal striker Henry has been impressed with both Sterling and 25-year-old Sturridge, but he has highlighted a key challenge they face in the coming years.
“If a player is to reach the top, to become an established international and stay there for several years, the only option is to work unbelievably hard every day of your career,” the 37-year-old wrote in The Sun.
“Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge are two supremely gifted players. They have become incredibly important for both Liverpool and England, but the test will be for them to put in the graft and stay consistent for years to come.”
Sterling enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2013-14 and has built on it this campaign, although he has occasionally suffered with a dip in form.
The England international has scored six goals and created 62 chances in 27 Premier League appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 81% and a shot accuracy of 56%.
Last season, Sterling scored nine goals and created 51 chances in 33 league matches, while having a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 67%.
Known for his explosive pace and dribbling skills, the youngster seems destined for greatness, but as years go by, he will need to modify his game as the opposition will find ways to stop him.