A trio of young Liverpool stars can overcome the disappointment of losing out on the title and star on the World Cup stage for England, according to former international striker Emile Heskey.
Liverpool was beaten to the Premier League crown at the death by Manchester City, but can take great comfort by the form of Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling.
Heskey, our Sony expert on England throughout the World Cup, has high hopes for all three. “I’m enjoying Henderson a lot,” he said. “His work rate and ability to get up and down the pitch has been outstanding, and he’s been able to nick a few goals as well, so that’s been a major factor for him.
“I think he’s done brilliantly. He came in for a lot of stick before but he’s bounced back from that and he’s been close to being player of the season.
“Then you have Sturridge, who’s been scoring a lot of goals along with Suarez. He’s been great, he’s got that ability to take a player on and to create something out of nothing. You always want a player who, if you’re down on your luck a bit, can actually do something out of nothing and create a goal. He’s got that ability.”
Heskey, an old Anfield favourite himself as part of the Cup Treble-winning side in the 2000-2001 season, is also excited about Sterling’s impact.
“Sterling has come out of nowhere,” he said. “Well, everyone knew about him but didn’t know if he was going to take it to that next level, but he has.
“And he’s played in so many different positions. Everyone thought he was just a winger but he’s played behind the front man, he’s played left, right. And he’s done every single one of them brilliantly.”