With the scores at 1-0 in favour of Chelsea despite putting in a much better performance than them, a moment of individual brilliance or an unforgiveable error from one of the boys in blue was surely the only thing that could have brought us back on terms. And we all know in which category we can place Raheem Sterling’s superb solo effort. Too many times this season have we been in desperate need for one of our players to step up to the mark and produce a moment of sheer class that either turned a loss into a draw or a stalemate into a victory, and I’m glad that Tuesday night was not one such occasion.
Raheem Sterling’s superb individual effort against Jose Mourinho’s boys in the semis of the Capital One Cup is undoubtedly a goal of the highest order. The simply stunning slaloming run past three formidable opponents followed by the perfect finish into the bottom right corner of the goal was something that you would expect from players who are around 26 to 28 years of age and at their peak. For a 20 year old to do that against the toughest opposition in England right now is nothing less than a miracle.
The manner in which he ghosted past Nemanja Matic and then evaded Gary Cahill with sheer speed was truly immaculate. The finish was superb as well as he gave Belgian international Thibaut Courtois no chance after sending the ball into the bottom right hand corner. Seeing the youngster perform so brilliantly has been a pleasure but it has also given us Reds much reason to be concerned about. As you know, whenever a player plays too well, there is a worry that he will be swooped away by a team that is higher up the food chain and there is absolutely no guarantee that the same may not happen to Sterling.
The England winger burst onto the international football stage a couple of years ago when he was only 18, and after two years of steady progress and numerous eye catching performances, the boy wonder is now the talk of the town. His impressive talent was acknowledged just the last month when he won the European Golden Boy award after beating off competition from 39 other players that included the likes of Adnan Januzaj, Gerard Deulofeu, Callum Chambers, Saul Niguez and fellow Liverpool forwards Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi.
This latest individual achievement is sure to attract the attention of Europe’s big guns even more than before and the fact that will be encouraging them right now is the duration of time Sterling has remaining on his current contract with Liverpool. His present deal with us runs till the summer of 2017 and the Reds will be hoping to tie their star man down to a much longer contract.
A new deal has already been offered to Sterling although the forward is yet to put pen to paper, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers recently came out to assure us fans that he remains confident that Sterling will in fact commit to the club for a much longer time. At this point of time all we can do is hope that the Northern Irishman’s confidence is repaid because one thing is for certain, and that is the simple fact that Sterling is the next big thing in the world of football and Liverpool Football Club need to do everything they can to keep him at Anfield for a long, long time.