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Rodgers: We want to give Sterling a break

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he will look to give teenage winger Raheem Sterling a rest in the near future.

Sterling has powered into the spotlight this season, with his Premier League displays for the Merseysiders earning him international recognition with England.

Rodgers feels Sterling can cope physically with the demands of regular top-flight action, but is concerned by the mental effect that regular play is having on him.

"There is no doubt Raheem is one who does need that breather," Rodgers told the club'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.

"For the kid, it's about efficiency as well - tactically, he's still very young. That time will come, and he will get the breather soon enough."

One player Rodgers will not be looking to rest is forward Luis Suarez. "I think there is an element of [fatigue], but not with Luis," the manager said. "He's at his best when he is playing regularly.

"He will tell you himself, if he was playing one game a week he would lose his rhythm - he likes to play lots of games. But I think there are others we need to give a break."


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