Arsenal legend Thierry Henry runs rule on Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling

Thierry Henry runs the rule on Liverpool star Raheem Sterling

Thierry Henry believes Liverpool star Raheem Sterling can blossom into an effective striker.

The 20-year-old was unable to beat Chelsea shot stopper Thibaut Courtois on Tuesday night as the Blues edged to a 2-1 aggregate victory over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Sterling, who has been linked with a move to the west London side amid reports that he turned down a new Reds deal, has scored four goals and has made five assists in 21 Premier League appearances this season.

And Arsenal’s record goal-scorer Henry, who joined the Sky Sports punditry team earlier this month, backed the England international to develop into a world-class finisher.

“One vs one it’s very difficult to defend against him,” Henry told Sky Sports.

“The only thing I can say that he doesn’t have yet is finishing. He struggles with it sometimes but that will come with time. He has everything you need. He’s good one vs one and he has pace. His movements are sharp.

When asked if Sterling could become an effective striker in the future Henry replied: “Oh yes, he can.”

The 20-year-old has emerged as one of Liverpool’s key players over the past 12 months, emphasised by Luis Suarez’s move to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge’s injury woes.

Sterling, who joined Liverpool from Queens Park Rangers in 2012, has scored seven goals in 30 appearances in all competitions this season.

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