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Brendan Rodgers praised for Sterling treatment

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Sterling has been given first-team opportunities at Liverpool (©GettyImages)
Sterling has been given first-team opportunities at Liverpool (©GettyImages).

The CEO of the QPR Community Trust has praised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for the way he has handled young England winger Raheem Sterling.

Andy Evans, who has been with the trust for 20 years, has overseen many players turn professional including Sterling. 

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Evans said: "I think he has probably managed him quite well.

"He will be seeing and working with him everyday throughout the year and it's a big jump going from a youth player to becoming a first team player in the Premier League at a big club.

"I'm sure Brendan and his staff will be managing his workload accordingly and that is probably why they took him out towards the end because it is difficult for a young player like that to maintain his level over the course of a whole season."

Sterling was signed by Liverpool in 2010 from QPR as a 14-year-old by former Reds boss Rafael Benitez.

The England winger was used regularly by Rodgers this season appearing for Liverpool on 36 times scoring just the two goals. 

His impressive displays saw him called up to the national squad by Roy Hodgson and was an unused substitute in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. 

He signed a five year contract extension at Anfield in December ending speculation regarding his future on Merseyside. 

 

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