Sam Allardyce: Liverpool manager needs to protect Raheem Sterling

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says Raheem Sterling needs to be protected by club and country

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Sam Allardyce believes Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is right to protect Raheem Sterling.

The 19-year-old caused controversy last weekend after asking England manager Roy Hodgson to be rested for the Three Lions’s 1-0 victory over Estonia on Sunday night.

Protection of the asset is very, very important and particularly for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool

Sam Allardyce

Sterling, who is being linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, has featured in all 10 of Liverpool’s games in the Premier League, Champions League and League Cup this term.

And West Ham United manager Allardyce reckons his Liverpool contemporary Rodgers is right to be cautious with the England forward after striker Daniel Sturridge’s recent injury blow.

“The biggest thing a manager has to cope with is when someone as talented as Raheem Sterling comes along is the criticism you get when you do rest him and the criticism you get when you do leave him out,” said Allardyce.

“But protection of the asset is very, very important and particularly for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. Today’s world of football is so quick, it demands so much, physically and mentally.

“If a young man is still developing, and when I say developing I don’t mean his talent but his muscular development; his body is still growing, his muscles are still growing, his bones are still growing, and if you over tax that and he gets the type of injuries early on in his career, it could be detrimental and shorten his career.”

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