When 20-year-old Liverpool star Raheem Sterling admitted to England manager Roy Hodgson in October that he felt “tired” and needed a rest, fans and media alike perplexed at the idea a player of Sterling’s youth would dare suggest such a thing.
Sterling’s fatigue came on the heels of the 2013-14 Premier League season, his first full season as a first-team regular, and this World Cup in Brazil. Barely two months later, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is remaining mindful of Sterling’s health and fitness, and promised he’ll give the young forward a period of rest during the upcoming festive period of fixtures.
Rodgers, speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s clash with Arsenal (Watch live on NBCSN and online via Live Extra, 10:30 am ET):
“Raheem will have a rest. There will be a period that is already mapped out for him of when he will come out and have that breather and that recovery after Christmas.
“There is a set period we will look at, it doesn’t have to wait until Daniel Sturridge comes back from injury.”
Sterling has appeared in 62 competitive games for Liverpool since the start of the 2013-14 season and another eight games for England since the 2014 calendar year began.