Joe Allen has hailed the talents of Raheem Sterling and believes the 20-year-old will only get better.
Sterling netted his seventh Premier League goal during Liverpool's 2-0 win against Newcastle United last Monday night.
The former QPR man struck on the ninth minute after superbly controlling Jordan Henderson's long-ball and went past Ryan Taylor and Gabriel Obertan before curling his right-footed effort past Tim Krul.
Sterling has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks for stalling contract negotiations with the Reds and being caught on camera smoking a shisha pipe and consuming 'laughing gas.'
However, the Jamaica-native was positively back the in limelight and Allen has praised Sterling for his contributions to the Liverpool team.
"People forget sometimes that Raheem is only 20 years old," Allen told the Liverpool Echo. "It’s frightening how good he is.
“He always focuses on his football. He’s someone who will continue to get better and better. Performances like that are what he’s all about.
“Goal scoring is something he’s getting better at all the time, credit to him. His rise during my three seasons here has been incredible.
“I remember his first start in the Man City game (in 2012) when he was thrown in. It was pretty clear then that he was special and since then he’s gone on to prove that.”
There's no denying that Sterling is blessed with significant talent and he could potentially become one of the best footballers in the world.
The youngster has made 123 appearances for the Merseyside club at such a tender age and could well become one of Liverpool's most capped players if he continues his stay at the club.
Sterling is blessed with extreme pace and ball skills and when on song he is one of the Premier League's most feared attackers.
Will He Leave?
However, this could be the last season that Kopites see Sterling appear in a Red shirt.
He has reportedly snubbed a £100,000 a week contract renewal which has alerted Europe's top clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea.
The reports suggest that Sterling is being ill-advised by his agent, who is trying to squeeze as much money out of the England international to make himself a significant pay-day.
On the flip side, the academy graduate has given signals he wants to stay at Liverpool.
He recently stated that he wants to here is name sang by the Kop, which suggests he could remain on Merseyside and ink a new deal.