Raheem Sterling has had the season of his career so far, breaking into the Liverpool first team, becoming one of the most exciting teenage talents the side has had in recent memory.
However, he’s made some comments which may cause Brendan Rodgers to throw even more caution to the wind than he’s already doing. That could jeopardise Sterling’s chances of starting for the club next season.
Sterling has admitted that he’s found it difficult at the club this season, that he hasn’t expected the chances he’s been given and that it’s very demanding for him to adjust to the pressure of playing for the club.
This could just give Rodgers further food for thought as he begins to ramp up his summer transfer plans.
Rodgers recently left him out, as a presumable measure to safe guard against the threat of burn out, but these issues may cause the gaffer to play a more experienced and older wide man in the starting eleven next season.
The point is we’re nearing the end of the season, which brings a break for players that usually sees the odd flamboyant holiday or several high profile parties taking place, which become newspaper’s dreams when there’s no football to talk about.
Sterling remains a very young man at just 18-years-old and he will go through the same fitness lump, which any professional player experiences during the off season.
It will naturally take him longer to get fitter for the new season, as opposed to a slightly older player who is more developed physically and who has a more capable cardiovascular system.
In short, he’s already at a disadvantage to a couple of other players in terms of his starting role for next season and he doesn’t need to personally add to that with an admission of these comments.
He is just going to get better with the more experience that he gains but Liverpool face a very big season next year, as they look to try and get back into the established group of big teams in English football.
Rodgers has seen over the course of this season that inconsistency, due to fatigue and pressure, is something which is applicable in Sterling’s case.
Liverpool cannot afford another start to the season like the one they experienced at the start of this season, because that will set the side back again and Liverpool deserve to be much more than just a mid-table Premier League team next year.
Sterling is a very ambitious young man, with plenty of talent and as much potential as anyone else at the club. However, sometimes it’s better to follow the Paul Scholes example and literally keeping your mouth shut, over creating doubts which don’t really have to exist.
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