On Saturday, Raheem Sterling made his Liverpool first team debut, and for the 16 minutes that he was on the field for, you could see the amount of talent and potential this guy has and it begs me to ask the question, “Why has he not been playing more this season?”
One of the biggest problems in the Liverpool side right now is the lack of pace but we have it in abundance with Sterling. Yes, Dalglish may be seeing it is a bit too early to bring in the young player but now that our league season is virtually over and we will not make the Top 4, we may as well give Sterling and the other youngsters more games and give them experience.
We have had Jordan Henderson filling in on the right side of midfield for most parts of the season and he has had a very poor debut season. Would we not then be better served having an out and out winger like Sterling replacing Henderson?
I am not a fan of the saying “he is too young to play”. There have been many great players who got their chances when they were in their teens such as Messi and Michael Owen and look at how well they turned out? It is time we unearth the next big thing and I think in Sterling we have that.
Following Sterling’s debut, Dalglish said, “You just need to draw your horses back a bit. He wouldn’t have been there if we weren’t in the position we were in [regarding injuries]. It is nice to see the kids get a game but it is also better for us to look after them and manage them. We are not going to throw kids in and destroy them, but it is nice to see them on the pitch.”