Raheem Sterling features prominently on a list compiled by daily Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello sport listing their 60-best players that are under-20 in world football.
Players that were ranked higher than Sterling include Everton loanee Gerard Deulofeu, PSG defender Marquinhos, Brazilian Chelsea striker Lucas Piazon - currently on loan at Dutch club Vitesse - and Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj, who heads the list.
It has been a huge turnaround for Sterling – starting from the now infamous clip from the 'Being Liverpool' documentary, to getting a surprising amount of games last season before injury and apparent burnout kept him out of the team in the second half of the season.
Sterling made a slow start to this season and at one stage it appeared a loan move or transfer away from the club was on the cards, as his performances dipped and it seemed he would not live up to his potential.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers showed unwavering support as he was confident that the hard work behind the scenes would pay dividends and the breakthrough appeared to arrive in the 5-1 home victory against Norwich where he picked up his first goal of the season.
He has since been a revelation with his combination of pace, trickery and surprising strength, given his stature, giving a major boost for Liverpool and firmly putting him in the running for England's World Cup campaign in Brazil.
The 19-year-old has bagged six goals and five assists in the Premier League this season and the prospect of his future is an exiting one for Liverpool fans.
The question that remains is should he figure higher on the list?