Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that the recent downturn in Raheem Sterling’s form is a result of ‘fatigue’ and that the youngster is mentally drained from his introduction to top-flight football.
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Sterling made his senior début at Anfield in March last year and burst onto the scene with some impressive performances. He has made 35 appearances so far this season and Brendan Rodgers has said that he will not rush the talented 18-year-old’s progress.
The England international has been out of the Liverpool starting line-up in the Premier League for the last six weeks and the manager believes the break will benefit his growth.
“That zip has gone and that’s down to fatigue. Was that to be expected? Yes it was.” Rodgers told reporters at Liverpool’s training ground.
“This is a kid we’re talking about so we have to take a wee step back.
“It is so mentally and physically draining this league. It hurts experienced professionals and this boy has just stepped up from the Academy. We have to nurture that.”
Rodgers is looking at the long-term future of Sterling and does not want to disrupt his development.”He’s started his career at first-team level way before many get the opportunity.
“He’s still got lots of improvement to make in his game. Over the years we will look at his plan and development and act accordingly.”