Raheem Sterling set to become Liverpool's Messi?

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Despite already being a senior England international and a regular starter for Liverpool, Raheem Sterling is only 19 years of age.

Yet, he already looks like one of England's most promising players this generation, and the 2014/15 season could see him achieve his true potential.

Exciting talent

Possessing mesmerising dribbling speed - combined with phenomenal speed, agility, good passing skills and a keen eye for goal - it is a mystery as to why such a talented young player was allowed to be snapped up by Liverpool from QPR for a measly £500,000 in 2010. Even more bizarre is why Tottenham turned down the chance to sign the wonderkid for £200,000.

Especially since he is now considered to be: ''The best young player in European football at the moment'' by Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers. After his impressive performances in the 2014 World Cup, many would now agree with the Reds' boss.

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The 'new Messi'?

Having scored 10 goals last season and listed as a candidate to be the PFA Young Player of the Year, many amongst the Liverpool fan base believe that it is only a matter of time before the 5ft 7in player becomes the key player for both his club and country.

By the time Messi was 21, the Argentine had already received the coveted Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. However, if Sterling continues this meteoric rise, there is not much reason why he cannot put himself in contention for these awards in two years time.

Within the senior England set-up, Sterling is the most akin to the Barcelona legend in terms of technical qualities and style of play, and arguably has the most potential.

Rodgers and England's manager, Roy Hodgson, have both tried him out in a number 10 role as well as playing him on the right wing, where he was given extra freedom to split defences open. This will make him more versatile and effective since Sterling has the ability to play like Messi did behind the striker, or in his usual role.

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