Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has revealed on Twitter that he never asked for a break during his career.
.@_4thOfficial No. Sure some players have but that would be kept in house I would think.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 14, 2014
Carragher was questioned by a fan after he defended Raheem Sterling, as the Liverpool star asked England boss Roy Hodgson for a rest which saw Adam Lallana start against Estonia last weekend.
Carragher made over 500 league appearances for Liverpool and won 38 England caps but didn’t request a rest at any point due to the fatigue created by playing so many games close together.
The Kop favourite went onto suggest that Sterling needs to be protected as the expectation for him to play 50 plus game seasons increases as he gets older and his body gets stronger.
As Raheem gets older and stronger he will be expected to play 50 plus games a season as the top players do. But at 19 we need to protect him— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 14, 2014
Sterling had a terrific impact with Liverpool last season but the Reds weren’t in the Champions League, hence they played fewer games over the domestic season, and he wasn’t first choice at international level for his country so was able to have a big impact when he was selected.
Brendan Rodgers is well suited to protecting Sterling and should be backed to get the most out of his player for the rest of the campaign.