Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has praised Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling for what he has achieved for both club and country.
The former Liverpool defender saw Sterling come through the ranks at the Reds and, while he always thought he was a talented player, his career has exceeded expectations to the extent he is now more important to England than captain Harry Kane:
“What he has gone on to achieve, in terms of the medals, the goals and the numbers. It’s fantastic. The lad I knew at Liverpool, this wasn’t a cocky, arrogant and young kid. This was a shy lad that was desperate to be the best player he could possibly be. Almost the perfect professional from what I saw at Liverpool and the way he performed.”
“I absolutely love him. I think he is fantastic. I saw a stat, there is only Messi and Aguero who have scored more goals for Pep Guardiola than Raheem Sterling. That shows one, obviously the goal record, but also he doesn’t get injured. That’s what I love about him. For me, he’s England’s best attacker and has moved a level above Kane by what he did in the summer.”
It’s high praise from Carragher indeed. Such words from a former teammate will undoubtedly please Sterling himself, who probably feels he deserves similar recognition from his current manager Pep Guardiola.
Sterling has returned to prominence in recent months but he was a peripheral figure at the start of the season, despite excelling at the European Championships with England.
His form for City was, admittedly, not that great last season, but some of that could be attributed to his reported falling out with Guardiola. It does seem as though things have been patched up since then.