Raheem Sterling could benefit from not playing at the Under-21 European Championship in Israel this summer.
Sterling misses out with Wigan winger Callum McManaman coming into the squad to take his place.
It may be a slight concern for Brendan Rodgers because Sterling had been having a superb season before he was dropped down to the Development Squad at Anfield, struggling to get back into the first team ever since.
However, Rodgers is a very clever and sensible manager and he’ll be keeping a close eye on the situation to ensure that Sterling doesn’t take this news the wrong way.
It could have a number of benefits for him heading into the new season, which could ironically aid his push to get back into the Liverpool team.
The most notable benefit is the fact that it allows him to have a rest. Had he gone off to the Euros that would have meant extra games, which would have increased the strain on his body as he just comes back from injury.
That’s also something which could have caused a little bit of a rift between him and his club, because Liverpool would have more than likely objected to his inclusion because of those injury concerns.
It should provide him with the determination to ensure that he’s never in this sort of position again.
He will be disappointed and slightly bitter because he’s a teenager playing at the top level of football, all he wants to do is make a name for himself.
This should make him very determined to have a good summer and hit the gym at Liverpool at the earliest opportunity. He can also get a full pre-season under his belt meaning he heads into the 2013/2014 campaign in the best possible shape.
It also provides him with a chance to get various problems away from the field sorted out.
Sterling would have been affected mentally by his court case which has been running parallel alongside his season at Liverpool, which has the ability to create mental stress Liverpool cannot do anything about.
He has a chance to make himself the primary winger for Rodgers from the start of next season. Had he gone to the Euros, he may have suffered a reoccurrence of his injuries from this season, which simply would have set him back even further.
How do you think he will take the exclusion?
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