Jamie Carragher has backed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’s decision to rest Raheem Sterling for the last two games.
England international winger Sterling is currently on holiday in Jamaica after being given time off by Rodgers.
The 20-year-old has been a constant fixture in the Liverpool team so far this season, featuring in 20 Premier League matches and six Champions League games.
Sterling did not play for Liverpool against AFC Wimbledon in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday and also missed out on today’s Premier League game against Sunderland.
Liverpool won both games - 2-1 in the cup tie and 1-0 at the Stadium of Light - but questions have been raised on why Rodgers allowed arguably his squad’s best player to go on holiday now.
Carragher, though, understands why the Northern Irishman made the decision and wrote on Kicca.com: “Brendan Rodgers decision to give Raheem Sterling a break abroad for the last 2 games certainly provided plenty of comment this morning!
“If the result at Sunderland today had gone the wrong way it would have been used as a stick to beat him with.
“Before the Fa cup game at Wimbledon Sterling had played more minutes this season than any other player in our league at 20, and the way he plays with plenty of high intensity runs means it will eventually take its toll.
“The problem is he's Liverpool's most important player at the moment the same as Michael Owen was at that age and we know that contributed to him being over played then breaking down.
“This is something that happend to Ronaldo at Man Utd at that age and is the right decision, just thankfully for Liverpool & Brendan Rodgers we got the 3 points!!”
It was a bold decision from Rodgers and, thankfully for him, it paid off. Had Liverpool lost or drawn their last two games, then the former Swansea City boss would have been criticised left, right and centre.
What is important to note is that Liverpool have won the last two matches without Sterling. That is surely something encouraging for Rodgers, although he will certainly welcome the return of the youngster.