Things went so awry for Liverpool in the final hours of the transfer window that even the most critical of Liverpool fans are now pining for Andy Carroll. The only small and bitter consolation is that the former Newcastle man is out injured for the next six weeks, so at least Sam Allardyce won’t be making any smarmy remarks about what a great player he is and how stupid Liverpool were to let him go.
If there is a silver lining to the less than convincing start Brendan Rodgers has made to his Anfield tenure it has come in the diminutive figure of the fittingly named Raheem Sterling.
The 17-year-old winger has been a shining star in a team which is flattering to deceive in the early stages of Rodgers’ revolution. Brought to the club from QPR in 2010 for a mere £600,000 by Rafael Benitez (this could raise to £5m depending on appearances), the Jamaican born youngster has been given the opportunity to shine by Rodgers.
After making just six appearances for the Reds this season Sterling was called up to England squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers. The decision by Roy Hodgson to call him up to the senior squad raised a few eyebrows but Sterling’s performance in Liverpool’s draw away to Sunderland over the weekend, particularly in the second half, marks him out as one to watch this season.
Here he is being better than Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Fabio Borini combined.