Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Liverpool Boss Plans To Rest Sterling & Allen

Brendan Rodgers plans to give young starlet Raheem Sterling and summer signing Joe Allen rests in the upcoming weeks, despite Liverpool’s hectic Christmas campaign.

18-year-old Sterling has already featured for Liverpool on 25 occasions this season throughout Liverpool’s campaign that began back on 2 August in the Europa League. The promising youngster has transformed into an integral part of Liverpool’s attacking component, progress that was also recognized at international level when he received his first England cap in November.

But the former Swansea City manager has revealed that he needs to rest Sterling, in a bid to keep him fresh for the entire season. "There is no doubt Raheem is one who does need that breather," Rodgers said, speaking to Liverpool’s official website.

"I've thought about it over the past couple of weeks. In order to do that you need to have that depth to take him out and put somebody else in.

"That's something I'm thinking about - who to put in. He's a naturally very, very fit boy but he needs that mental rest as well. That time will come and he will get the breather soon enough.”

Rodgers also identified the necessity to rest midfielder Joe Allen when the opportunity arises.

"There is no doubt after working with Joe and seeing him, he's another one. If we're honest, there are a few who could do with that breather, especially mentally,” Rodgers continued. It's something for sure I need to have a wee look at."

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