As disappointing as the start to the new 2012/13 season has been, one of the obvious bright spots has been the form and the very impressive introduction to the Premiership of Raheem Sterling. For those who have watched the U19’s and the reserves regularly on LFC TV, Sterling’s inclusion into the first team will not have been a major surprise because his form last season for the U19’s was outstanding.
If his inclusion has not been a surprise, maybe his performances have been though. In short, he has taken to the Premiership like a duck to water. Last week for example against Sunderland, he was outstanding. He seemed to have the beating of Sunderland full-back, Danny Rose, whenever he wanted to take him on. We all knew he had pace but he has added a strength and a work rate to his already phenonemal talent.
It is hard to imagine a first team squad without him now. His early performances suggest that he is in the first-team to stay. But at who’s exclusion? Well, to be honest, anybody’s. It is so refreshing to see a young talent to step forward from the Academy. In taking the step forward, Sterling has probably given hope to so many of the other starlets in the reserves and U19’s. Suso’s performance against Young Boys of Switzerland for instance was very impressive.
At last we seem to have a lot of young players knocking on the door of the first team and judging by Brendan Rodgers approach to the youngsters, many of them will feature quite heavily this season and beyond. All the fellow Liverpool fans I have spoken to are of the impression that we should not get too down if our League form suffers this season. We should really treat this season as a learning process and a bedding in season for the talented youngsters we have at our disposal.
If we really get behind the squad and not get too critical who knows what next season can bring. If many of the youngsters are more well established by next season then rather than buy 4 or 5 squad filling players at £4m-£5m, we may be able to concentrate on buying a real quality signing at say £25-£30m. A very tough game tomorrow against Manchester United, but win, lose or draw let’s continue to get behind the team and the manager because in time it will all become good.
“Liverpool FC, Raheem Sterling. I COULDN’T have been the only one who thought Raheem Sterling had splashed the cash in the wake of another hugely impressive performance for Liverpool FC at Sunderland last weekend. The teenage winger tweeted to …”
Raheem Sterling is the pick of the bunch of the up and coming Liverpool crop of youngsters. If you haven’t seen anything of him yet, take a look at the short video of him in action below.