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Three ESPN pundits all make shock Sterling pick over Salah

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Three ESPN pundits all believe Raheem Sterling is currently better than Mo Salah, including former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol.

Nicol was one of three pundits asked to pick between the Premier League’s joint-top scorer Salah and England winger Sterling.

All three of Nicol, Craig Burley and French football expert Julien Laurens all picked Sterling who controversially left Liverpool for City in July 2015 for £49million.

Sterling has gone on to flourish with the champions and this season he has been in sparkling form with 12 goals and nine Premier League assists.

Liverpool forward Salah, though, is the joint leading scorer in the top flight with 17 after a slow start to the season, but all three pundits, when asked which player they would rather have, said ‘Sterling’.

“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 then pointed to Sterling’s performance against Chelsea on Sunday, where he gave Cesar Azpilicueta a game to forget, as the reason why he is the better of the two at the current time.

“I’d have to agree,” Nicol added. “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.”

Laurens also chose Sterling over Salah and believes there is more to come from the 24-year-old.

“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.”

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