Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is set to rest youngster Raheem Sterling over the Christmas period, Sky
Sterling, in his first campaign as a first team squad member, has been a regular starter for Liverpool this season, making 26 appearances in total for the Reds, scoring once and providing two assists. However, at the age of just 18, Rodgers is concerned the England youngster may be in danger of burning out. “There is no doubt Raheem is one who does need a breather,” Rodgers commented. “He’s naturally a very, very fit boy but he needs that mental rest as well. That time will come and he will get the breather soon enough.”
Liverpool have endured inconsistent results this season, currently sitting 12th in the league, and whilst the club’s form has been off the pace, Sterling’s form has stood out. After signing from Queens Park Rangers in 2010, Stirling made a handful of substitute appearances under former manager Kenny Dalglish. However, Rodgers has shown faith in Sterling, handing him 16 starts in the league so far, and his form has been enough to see him earn a call up to the England squad.
Rodgers is also looking at giving rest period for other players in the squad. He said: “Joe Allen is another one. If we’re honest, there are a few who could do with that breather, especially mentally. It’s something for sure I need to have a wee look at.”
Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s top scorer for the season with 10 goals, is set to receive the opposite treatment, with Rodgers saying that Suarez is “at his best when he is playing regularly.”
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