Brendan Rodgers explains what a two-day recovery can entail

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Some would assume it's players putting their feet up, but ahead of his side's trip to QPR, Rodgers explained how it can work.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has defended his methods by explaining what a two-day recovery for some of his players entails.

England manager Roy Hodgson said he didn't understand, and said there was no medical evidence for players having two days recovery, but Rodgers dismissed any notion that it was a case of players having a day off.

He told his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's trip to Queens Park Rangers:

"I've seen a lot about the second day recovery and I think people think the players are sitting up watching Sky Sports.

"I've spent 15 years travelling around Europe looking at different ideas so I'd have identity as a coach.

"My belief and model is to make players better and part of that is to look at every individual player and how they recover.

"Part of that is to look at each individual player and how they recover... our game demands a high physical level so the recovery for any individual player is different

"Our second day of recovery is a technical session... the second day I see as important in young players... We'll have a technical sessions outside and the key is the intensity and density."

His comments came following a week when Raheem Sterling's comments about being tired whilst on international duty were made public by Hodgson - and Rodgers says he has exchanged messages with Roy Hodgson about the situation.

The 19-year-old has been on the back pages as a result, something which hasn't pleased Rodgers.

He added: "It's been grossly unfair that the kid has been put on the back pages on something he didn't say. I've had it a number of times here were he has been tired and gone to play and be exceptional.

"The next point I want to add, I also read people talking about the club versus country. I am someone who takes great pride in their players playing for the country. this is a club very much club and country not club versus country."

It comes across that wires have been crossed somewhere in this process, but Rodgers' explanation of what his recovery entails certainly brings greater education to the debate when recovering certain players. 

As he has said, it is not for every player and you can't throw a blanket over the entire team. Some players need to recover in certain ways because they are a different type of player. What will be interesting to see is how both club and country cooperate with each other in the future.

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