It didn’t take long for Jordan Henderson or Raheem Sterling to find their form.
Henderson and Sterling combined to create, and score, the opening goal in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Southampton on Sunday. It was a memorable one — not only because it the Reds’ first goal of the 2014-15 Premier League season but also for Henderson’s inch-perfect pass.
In the 23rd minute, Henderson won the ball in Liverpool’s half, looked up and sent an inch-perfect, left-footed pass from the halfway line 45 yards forward, as Sterling was streaking behind the Southampton defense.
Sterling ran onto it and calmly beat Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster with a side-footed shot to put Liverpool out front.
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Henderson, 24, and Sterling, 19, became key players for Liverpool last season. Sterling scored nine Premier League goals in his breakout campaign, while the ever-present Henderson had seven assists.
From the looks of things, their respective emergences will continue in 2014-15.