Another game, another top performance from Raheem Sterling, as the young winger continues to impress as one of the most important players in Liverpool's push for their first title of the Premier League era. Increasingly able to make a difference at either end of the pitch and capable of playing anywhere across the attacking band, Sterling has made himself nearly undroppable in recent weeks, and it's hard to imagine he won't be in the starting eleven over Liverpool's final five games.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about his rapid development has been that performances like Sunday's against West Ham have become something of the norm for Sterling. Work hard, take a few sublime touches, put Suarez in on goal, make a few defensive stops. All just another day out for the 19-year-old who has to now be considered a lock for the England squad heading to Brazil for the World Cup and, in the absence of Theo Walcott, looks increasingly likely to start when he gets there.
Meanwhile, about the only thing stopping him from being a lock for the PFA Young Player of the Year award is that the PFA defines young player to be anyone who began the season before their 24th birthday, putting Sterling up against the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, and Jordan Henderson. Of course, those same rules give Sterling five more seasons of eligibility for the award, so he's got a bit of time to win one along with, one would hope, a few other pieces of silverware.
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