England boss Roy Hodgson has commented on Raheem Sterling’s involvement for Liverpool this season and hints the flying winger needs a rest.
The 19-year-old Jamaican-born star has featured heavily for the Reds since breaking into Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI during the 2013/14 season.
His fabulous performances gained widespread praise by the English press and he went into the World Cup in Brazil as arguably England’s most exciting player.
The pressure of maintaining such a high standard at the top is difficult even for the world’s most talented players and Sterling is sure to hit a few bumps on his projected rise to stardom.
As the games in the Premier League, Champions League and on the international stage come thick and fast, the former QPR youngster is set for a gruelling schedule ahead of him.
Speaking ahead of the clash with Estonia, England boss Hodgson spoke on the matter issued a warning to the Anfied outfit not to overplay him and risk the player suffering a possible burnout.
“I think Brendan Rodgers will be very much aware of Raheem’s situation. We are all working together for the boy’s best interests.” He said, quote by the Mirror.
“We want him to play the games because he has burst onto the scene and he is playing very well and as a result you don’t want to leave your best players out of the team.”
“He is dealing with it all very well, he has played a lot of games we can’t deny that, and I know Liverpool are concerned about that, but it’s about man-management.”
“It’s a little bit easier for clubs to manage their players because they can quite easily decide the level of intensity in the training.”
“A club can even send the player away for a holiday if they want. When we get the players together, it’s a lot more limited.”
“We have a week, a maximum of 10 days with them and have to make certain for England’s benefit that we use the players in the best possible way.”
Since making his debut for the Merseyside outfit, Sterling has gone on to represent the club 82 times in all competitions, scoring 15 times.
The new Kop favourite topped off a fabulous personal campaign last year by deservedly winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award.