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In recent weeks Liverpool fans have seen the Raheem Sterling that burst onto the scene in the opening weeks of the 2012/13 season.
The England under-21 international has been sensational in recent weeks, striking fear into many of the country's top defenders.
The likes of Michael Dawson, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and John Terry have looked unable to cope with a man who, in this writer's opinion, could go on to be a true Liverpool great.
In the opening two or three months of the 2013/14 season, Sterling appeared to be a shadow of the player that fans saw last season.
He lacked confidence, he couldn't beat a man and his final ball was terrible. In fact he was highlighted by this writer in a previous article as a player who needed to improve if Liverpool were to challenge at the top of the table.
December couldn't have been any more different. He was at times unstoppable, gliding past defenders like they weren't there in a way that—dare I say it—John Barnes used to.
Two goals and one assist from mid-December onward doesn't tell the whole story.
In the absence of Daniel Sturridge, Sterling has forged an almost telepathic understanding with Luis Suarez and has made it impossible for Brendan Rodgers to leave him out.
Sterling has something in his armoury that scares the life out of any defender: raw pace, and bags of it.
He is far from the finished article but does appear to have added goals to his game, and with working on his finishing in training, it is likely Reds fans will see him gobbling up the kind of chance he squandered late on against Manchester City.
Despite that miss, if Jordan Henderson was arguably the standout midfielder on the pitch then Sterling was arguably the standout player.
If the Reds had won the match he would most likely have been named man of the match—he was at the forefront of everything Liverpool did going forward. His link-up play with both Suarez and Coutinho brought back memories of the John Barnes-Peter Beardsley-John Aldridge combination.
As is the case with Henderson, do not be surprised if Sterling forces his way into Roy Hodgson's England squad for this summer's World Cup.
If he carries on in the form he has shown in recent weeks, he will be impossible to ignore.
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