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PICTURE: Where Raheem Sterling outperforms Hazard and Silva

Liverpool star Raheem Sterling is ahead of rivals Eden Hazard and David Silva in a number of key areas.

The Mirror has created a graphic, which suggests a possible reason for Raheem Sterling’s reported fatigue.

Sterling, now infamously, requested a rest from England manager Roy Hodgson last weekend, which was met by fierce criticism of the England man from several quarters of the Premier League world.

However, the Mirror’s graphic shows that Sterling has completed more sprints, covered more ground in those sprints and has also walked further during games than two rivals; Eden Hazard of Chelsea and David Silva of Manchester City.

He’s also done it all having played fewer Premier League minutes so far this season and at a better top speed.

The numbers also go to justify comments from former Wales assistant Raymond Verheijen who explained earlier this week how Sterling could be fatigued due to the effects on his body from his style of play; a small, quick, sprinting sort of player.

Sterling’s speed is impressive and certainly shows why he’s been so effective on the counter attack this season and these numbers are also something Brendan Rodgers will be aware of as he mulls over when to rest the England man.

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