Scouting Report: Raheem Sterling

The teenage sensation started on the left-hand side in the International Champions Cup final against Manchester United and was instrumental to all of Liverpool's best work
Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling enjoyed a breakthrough season at Anfield last season and is now looking to press on again during the 2014-15 Premier League campaign.

The 19-year-old established himself as one of Brendan Rodgers's key players as the Merseysiders launched an unexpected title challenge last time out.

On Monday he started on the left wing as part of an attacking trio for Liverpool, alongside Rickie Lambert and Philippe Coutinho. Goal takes a look at how he fared at the Sun Life Stadium and what the coming season could bring...


With Louis van Gaal still attempting to bed in his methods at Manchester United, Sterling had the chance to get at an only recently tried and very much untested defence - and from early on it was clear that the youngster held the upper hand.

The absence of a convential right-back meant that Sterling was given more space on his flank and, with one of United's three centre-backs - Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans - having to cover across, the England World Cup star was given the chance to take them on.

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A visibly shaky defence struggled to cope, with the winger quite happy to take the route infield and cut inside onto his right foot.

But he was also at home taking his opponents down the outside and using his searing pace - a tactic that brought the award of a penalty to Liverpool in the 13th minute when Jones brought him down.

Sterling looked bright throughout a first half that Rodgers's side dominated and only a deflection off the boot of Smalling prevented the 19-year-old from doubling his team's lead after he cut inside once more.

The attacking midfielder played the entire 90 minutes but, like the rest of his team-mates, his performance dropped off in the second period and tiredness kicked in, with a bit of work clearly needed for him to be in top shape for the opening game of the season against Southampton.


At this moment in time, the possibilities for Sterling are limitless. The 19-year-old wowed at his first World Cup in Brazil, delivering performances that got fans out of their seat.

He was a breath of fresh air to Roy Hodgson's side, as he was last season in the Premier League for Liverpool, and will now be on the radar of every top club in Europe.

At such a young age, there is still plenty to learn - exemplified by his wild lunge that saw him red carded in England's friendly with Ecuador in June - but he is streets ahead of just about every other player of his age and club and individual honours are surely on the horizon.

If he continues to grow and mature as player at the same rate, Sterling will be on course to become one of England's finest wingers and, possessing all the characteristics of a Galactico, we could one day be looking the most expensive Englishman ever.

A GOOD 2014-15 WOULD BE...

...Laced with a dash of silverware. Sterling had a phenomenal campaign with Liverpool in 2013-14 and topped it off by making the England squad for the World Cup.

After taking such giant strides on the pitch, the 19-year-old will only want to aim higher and the only thing missing from last season for the Reds was a trophy to show for their monumental efforts.

The added excitment of a Champions League venture will place the winger on a brand new stage and there is nothing to suggest that he will not light up that competition as well.

If Sterling can continue to torment defences and possibly chip in with a few more goals - especially following the departure of Luis Suarez - then European nights at Anfield and a cup success would make this season a memorable one.