Rodgers plans to rest Sterling & Allen


    Brendan Rodgers is planning to give midfielders Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen a rest after acknowledging that fatigue played a part in the defeat by Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday.

    Sterling has earned rave reviews since breaking into the Liverpool first team but the winger is still only 18, and has featured in the majority of the Reds’ games this season.

    Speaking to the official site, Rodgers said: “There is no doubt Raheem is one who does need that breather.0,,12637~11495198,00[1]

    “I’ve thought about it over the past couple of weeks. In order to do that you need to have that depth to take him out and put somebody else in.

    “That’s something I’m thinking about – who to put in. He’s a naturally very, very fit boy but he needs that mental rest as well.

    “For the kid, it’s about efficiency as well. Tactically he’s still very young. That time will come and he will get the breather soon enough.”

    Joe Allen is another who has featured heavily for the Reds this season, despite the 22-year-old still getting accustomed to life at Anfield following his move from Swansea in the summer.

    “There is no doubt, after working with Joe and seeing him, he’s another one.” said Rodgers.

    “If we’re honest, there are a few who could do with that breather, especially mentally. It’s something for sure I need to have a wee look at.”

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