Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers considering Raheem Sterling loan
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he will consider the possibility of sending Raheem Sterling out on loan this season
Brendan Rodgers has admitted he is considering the possibility of sending highly-rated Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling on loan to gain valuable first-team experience this season.
The 17-year-old made his debut in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat by Wigan Athletic at Anfield after joining the Reds from Queens Park Rangers in a £600,000 deal in February 2010.
“He is a talent, but he’s not ready for the first-team yet,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.
“One of the things I’ve done over my career is manage the expectation of young players and the reality is he is still very, very young.
“There are very few players in the world who get into a Premier League team at 17, never mind a top club.
“He has certainly shown qualities and we’ll decide over the next few weeks whether he stays and he’s involved now or if he goes for a loan period. That’s a decision for me over the next few weeks.”
Sterling, who has already scored three goals in 13 appearances at England Under-17 level, is eager to impress at the Merseyside outfit, and he is eyeing pre-season as a chance to prove to Rodgers that he is capable of making the step up to the first-team.
“Obviously everyone wants to be playing now, but that’s not the real world and you have to take it step by step,” Sterling said.
“Then when you get the call, you want to take it which is what I’m hoping to do here. The manager just said work hard and it doesn’t matter about your age, if you work hard, if you get the chance just take it.
“It was a dream come true to have everyone wanting to see me play [against Wigan] and really exciting. Now I just want to get better.
“It’s a good feeling to have that expectation but I’m still only 17 and learning. As a young player you’re always trying to impress, especially when it’s a new manager, but it’s also key not to overdo it and keep it simple.
“It’s great to be part of the squad and the new manager is great with the young lads and he wants attractive football, which is what Liverpool Football Club is all about.
“I just hope to do well if I get some minutes in the pre-season games and take it from there. Playing last season has whet my appetite even more, but we’ll have to see if the manager thinks I can be part of the team.”