Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James has moved to comment on how impressed he has been by Raheem Sterling already this season.
Sterling’s form over the entirety of 2014 has been one of the many positives for Reds supporters and it seems that the 19-year-old has carried the momentum into the new campaign.
After an impressive pre-season, Sterling opened his goalscoring account for the competitive campaign in Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Southampton on the opening weekend.
And his consistent excellence has not gone un-noticed, with James saying that he is already showing signs of improvement on what was a brilliant break-through season last year.
“Raheem Sterling’s positives from last season are superb," James told Goal.com. "For a young man, 19 years of age, when he does something good it is usually sensational.
"There were always question marks over areas of his game and understanding at such a young age, which is something you develop. I think this season he has already shown that he is starting to develop with a better understanding of the game."
Sterling scored nine times in the Premier League last season, but has been challenged to better that tally by his manager Brendan Rodgers and has started well.
The Reds need to add goals to their game following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona over the summer and Sterling was one of the players identified as needing to make the step up.
The England international is still tender of years, but his performances belie this fact and he already one of the Premier League’s finest attacking talents.
He has become one of the most highly regarded youngsters in world football and already there is major pressure on him to be the next English star to come through.
This season he has a chance to test himself at the highest level, with Liverpool reclaiming their status as a Champions League team last season, and he will be hoping to continue to impress.
Sterling will be aiming to build on his impressive opening weekend performance tonight, when the Reds travel to the Etihad to take on Manchester City.