Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers: We must be careful with Raheem Sterling
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers warns the Reds must keep promising youngsters, such as Raheem Sterling, grounded
Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool must be careful not to put too much pressure on highly-rated youngster Raheem Sterling after the winger’s impressive start to his Anfield career.
The Reds manager has utilised Martin Kelly, Jack Robinson and Sterling in the opening games of season, with the latter producing a series of eye-catching displays against Arsenal, Hearts and Manchester City.
However, Rodgers insisted he will not overburden the 17-year-old with too much responsibility at such a young age, backing England’s decision to keep the Liverpool winger with the Under-19s – and not the Under-21s.
“I think with young players you have to be careful,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
“They can be elevated above their station too quickly. That is a part of it in this country. They have one good game and they get elevated into superstar status.
“You then see them at 23 and 24 and you wonder why they are not superstars any more. I spoke to Trevor Booking on the thoughts of where the FA believe he is at. I said, in my opinion, of course he has got the ability to be in the U21s.
“But I believe in many ways it is right for him to go with the U19s.
“It is all about individual needs. It might look great on the back pages that he is involved in the U21s but the reality is that this is a kid who has made great strides over the last few weeks.
“He was absolutely fantastic through pre-season. You have seen his quality, courage and attitude in the recent games – it has been fantastic. But for the moment let’s just stay calm.”