Chelsea winger Raheem Sterling has revealed he was amazed by reported Liverpool target Mason Mount after he saw him train with the England squad for the first time.
That’s what the former Red recently said on the Lions’ Den show for England’s official YouTube channel.
According to a report by The Guardian, the Merseyside outfit are tracking Mount’s situation at Chelsea, amid uncertainty over his future due to a failed breakthrough in contract talks.
Sterling has spoken about the midfielder recently, claiming he surprised everyone when he joined up with Gareth Southgate’s squad for the first time.
The 23-year-old drew attention to this by talking on the same show prior to his Stamford Bridge teammate. He said he didn’t really remember much about the session itself, but he did remember the attacker coming up to him and saying, “your training is unbelievable”.
When questioned about this, Sterling replied:
“Best training performance I’ve seen to this day. Every time we speak with him after the game or something, we say to him it was the best training performance,” he said.
“He joined up with the seniors, he came up from the Under-21s and just came, from Derby at the time, and I’m not exaggerating, left foot, right foot, dribbling, chopping. It was the best training performance. It was the best training performance I’ve seen to this day. I haven’t seen anything that’s topped that.
“He’s just come into our training session, I’m here, it was the first camp after we came back from the Russia World Cup, and he’s come up with something incredible. It was top, top.”
Sterling full of praise for reported Liverpool target Mount
When people think of Mount, they tend to picture a player in his prime years. However, this really isn’t the case.
At just 23-years-old, the Chelsea academy graduate has already amassed 181 appearances in a Blues shirt. During this time, he has bagged 32 goals and 37 assists – having become a clinical playmaker in the Premier League.
Although he has struggled at times this term, Mount has become a staple in the Stamford Bridge XI in recent seasons.
With the ability to play off the left or in the middle of the park, the England international has great vision when playing the ball between the defence for the attack to run onto.
Alongside his obvious goal-scoring threat, he also adds to his team defensively. In the Champions League this season, Mount has averaged two tackles per game.
As an all-round number eight, the youngster would easily slot into Jurgen Klopp’s midfield.
Therefore, with such technical brilliance, it is easy to see why Sterling has been so praising of Mount.
Liverpool’s recruitment team must feel the same way, as it’s not an everyday occurrence they show an interest in a rival club’s player.