Liverpool legend: Why I would rather have Raheem Sterling than Mohamed Salah | Football | Sport
Sterling has been in fine form for Manchester City in recent weeks.
The England international has scored 12 goals in the Premier League this season to go alongside his nine assist.
Liverpool forward Salah, though, is the joint leading scorer in the top flight with 17.
Nicol’s ESPN FC colleague and former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley says Sterling’s recent improvement puts him ahead of Salah at the moment.
“I would say at the moment Sterling,” Burley said.
“Sterling has taken his game to another level. Everything. Touch, strength, vision. He really has.”
Nicol agreed with Burley and says Raheem Sterling’s performance against Chelsea on Sunday, where he gave Cesar Azpilicueta a tough time, proves why he is ahead of Salah at the moment.
“I’d have to agree,” Nicol said.
“Azpilicueta is arguably the most consistent and best right-back in the country.
“Sterling absolutely tore him apart, he didn’t know what to do.
“He didn’t know whether to close him, come off him, he couldn’t handle him for pace.
“You name it, he had Azpilicueta on toast.”
French football expert Julien Laurens also chose Manchester City star Sterling over Salah.
“I would go for Sterling right now, I agree with the boys,” Laurens said.
“I think he gives so much to this City team, whether it’s with goals or assists or even creating things.
“And I still think there is so much room for improvement left in Raheem Sterling.
“It is actually quite scary for the years to come.”