Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has backed himself to ensure that Raheem Sterling, who has emerged as an absolute sensation in the last year, will not suffer the fate of many other young English stars and face burnout before reaching the peak of his game, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Despite Sterling’s incredible form since the start of the season, Rodgers has said that he will have to avoid selecting him too much, in an attempt to avoid Sterling playing too many games at a young age.
He said: “Some managers would take the stance of “I don’t care” because you might only be in a job for three, four, five years, so make sure he plays as much as he can.
“But I think it is critical that, in 10 years’ time, he is approaching his peak, as opposed to having played his best games.
“When he gets to 28 and if he has too many miles on the clock and he is burned out, that is something we will have to look at.
“As a club, we have managed him quite well but it is hard when you are such a good player and you keep performing and both your club and your country need you.”
Liverpool face a tough task today against Aston Villa, who they have not beaten at Anfield since 2012. Last year saw Steven Gerrard struggle against a strong counter pressing game from Paul Lambert’s side.
Villa have also started the season in good form, winning two of their games and drawing with Newcastle United. They signed Tom Cleverley on a season long loan from Manchester United on deadline day.