Rodgers: Liverpool teenager 'not near' Premier League yet

The Liverpool boss addressed the media ahead of Liverpool's Saturday lunchtime trip to Newcastle.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he was surprised that youngster Harry Wilson was given his first Wales cap by Chris Coleman this week. Asked how close the winger is to featuring in the Premier League Rodgers said: ‘He’s not near the Premier League, no. I was surprised to be honest.

‘He’s a very talented young player, an extremely talented young player and of course to have him here at the club is brilliant. He knows he will have a great opportunity here if he continues to develop at Liverpool. But as of becoming a Premier League player I think it’s important that we stay calm and let him develop at his own rate.’

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The Liverpool boss also clarified comments made by Harry Redknapp over whether Rodgers was prepared to work with him at Euro 2012 if he was given the England job: ‘It was a unique sort of conversation. He was very confident, as was probably the nation and everyone involved that he was going to be offered the national team job.

‘In all fairness it was a quick conversation. I was aware that he was very keen to team up with him if he was given the role. There was no decision either way. Out of the total respect I have for Harry, I was certainly going to consider it.

Rodgers was speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Newcastle United on Saturday lunchtime – and Rodgers is expecting a tough game despite claiming that he has his strongest squad of the season to pick from.

The Liverpool boss has yet again reiterated that there is more to come from his side this season despite sitting alongside Arsenal at the top of the table with 16 points.

‘We’ll get better as we grow together more. I don’t just like to get three points, I worry about playing well and playing in a certain way and that’s always how I’ve been. In terms of results we’ve been absolutely brilliant.

Rodgers also sang the praises of Steven Gerrard after leading his side to the World Cup finals, and scoring the second goal in England’s 2-0 win over Poland, and says that there are many more years at the top for Liverpool’s talismanic captain.

‘I think what gets lost with Steven is that people talk of him as this great captain and great leader, but he’s still a world class player.’

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