Arsenal legend urges Liverpool to stick with ‘new’ striker

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has urged Liverpool to continue playing Raheem Sterling as a striker every week, according to the Express.

The former France superstar claims Sterling’s talents make him a decent centre-forward as he is able to run at the opponents’ back-line.

Sterling continued playing up front in the Reds’ 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup Semi-Final last night, after making the role his own during Daniel Sturridge’s lengthy spell out through injury.

The England international has scored four goals in his last eight games playing in that position, making it seven in total so far this season.

And Henry, who was also converted from a winger to a centre-forward by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, believes Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers should utilise the 20-year-old’s incredible pace against their opposition’s defence.

“It doesn’t matter if he plays on the right, on the left or the middle. What he does is create fear,” Henry said.

“You saw in the first game (at Anfield) that they were scared of him. When Sterling has the ball it’s frightening for the defence.”

Sterling’s impressive development over the last few years has seen him coveted by Europe’s top sides, with Real Madrid and Chelsea both linked with the attacker.