EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 23: Mehdl Taouil of Hearts competes with Raheem Sterling of Liverpool during the Hearts v Liverpool UEFA Europa League play-off round match at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh on August 23, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
As has been the case so often in 2012, there were only a select few things to celebrate during Liverpool's performance today. And, for most of the match, those few things were mostly related to Raheem Sterling, who carried the club forward on innumerable occasions and gave hope where there would otherwise have been very little. We've talked a lot about managing expectations and making sure that Liverpool don't push him too far too quickly, but on days like today, it's hard to temper the optimism around someone who, even at the age of 17, arguably proved to be the most impressive player on the pitch.