Everton midfielder Tom Davies is capable of becoming a “superstar” and has similar qualities to Steven Gerrard, according to the former Liverpool star.
Davies, 18, has broken through in impressive fashion at Goodison Park this season, establishing himself in the first team under Ronald Koeman and generally proving himself one of the game’s brightest prospects.
The 18-year-old is already being tipped for England honours, and fellow Scouser Gerrard sees a bright future.
“I think the one to be excited about at Everton is Tom Davies, who seems to have broken in and stayed in,” Gerrard told BT Sport.
“He’s a terrific footballer who’s scored a few exciting goals.
“What he has done is he has announced himself and basically said to a regular starter: ‘I am taking your place. I am staying in there’. And they are the ones that usually go on to become superstars.”
Gerrard, who also had a frank assessment of Manchester United’s bid to sign £85m forward Antoine Griezmann, has compared Davies’ rise with his own development at Liverpool two decades ago.
“I was obsessed,” he said. “I was obsessed at moving people out of the way and just going into training in my car obsessed with being the best player in training every single day.
“If I didn’t, I’d go home and think about it and try to do it the next day.
“You have to be obsessed. When you get that little sniff, that little bit of hope…even though they’re your team-mates, you’ve got to be obsessed to move them out of the way, and once you’re in, they’re staying out of the way and they’re not coming back.”