Raheem Sterling put on a fantastic performance that any one of his world class team mates Luis Suarez or Daniel Sturridge would have been proud of against Arsenal.
Playing on the left wing, he completely destroyed experienced right back Bacary Sagna who according to WhoScored could only muster a paltry one tackle as Sterling's combination of pace and flair left him. and the other Arsenal defenders for dead.
Sterling completed 3 dribbles throughout the whole match and had five shots on target, scoring from two of them; it was this ruthlessness that enabled him to be the recipient of the Man of the Match award.
Since December of 2013, Sterling has taken his game to unprecedented levels. He had shown off his awesome talents during the earlier part of last season, but even then he was not as consistent and as effective as he has been this season.
So far, Raheem Sterling's performances have earned him a tally of 2.6 dribbles per game - the joint sixth highest in the Premier League. To put that into perspective, he now has completed more dribbles now, than he did throughout the whole of last season.
Even then, the Liverpool strikeforce was still being labelled a SAS (Suarez and Sturridge) as opposed to SSS (Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling), and for good reason.
Suarez and Sturridge equally have impressive dribbling statistics and unlike Sterling, they are able to actually turn that into something tangible: goals and assists.
Many times during the season Sterling has looked as good as anyone when outside the box: the maturity in his work rate belies someone who is a smallish 19 year old, and his skill set is second only to the elite in the Premier League.
However, inside the box he tends to lose all composure and frequently makes the wrong decisions in passing or shooting. Many of his goals have been simple tap-ins after Luis Suarez had rounded the defeners and unselfishly squared the ball to his younger team mate.
Against Arsenal his shooting issues still remained: the first goal was another tap-in via Luis Suarez, his second goal was virtue of a rebound from his first tame shot, plus he also missed other chances Suarez and Sturridge would have scored.
Nonetheless, what impressed me was his perseverance and mettle. In a match that could hardly be described as the best match Suarez or Sturridge played in, it was Sterling who took it upon himself to make things happen.
On the evidence of this match, it will not be long before Sterling routinely scores 10+ goals a season - he already has five with subpar finishing skills!