Sunderland v Liverpool: Match Preview

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Sunderland v Liverpool; Barclays Premier League; Saturday, 15th September; 17:30 KO.

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Sunderland have an injury concern in the shape of England winger Adam Johnson, who was forced to pull out of international duty with a thigh problem.

David Vaughan is in contention after playing for Wales on Tuesday night, whilst Danny Rose could make his debut for the Black Cats.

Joe Allen has recovered from illness to be in contention for Brendan Rodgers’ side, and won the club’s player of the month award for August.

Jose Enrique is a doubt however, with the Reds’ medical staff set to assess the Spaniard’s knee injury before kick-off.


Rodgers: Sterling can handle huge pressure


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been left in no doubt that young winger Raheem Sterling can handle the huge pressure being placed on his shoulders.

The Jamaican-born 17-year-old received a shock call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad at the weekend, and was an unused substitute during the 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw at Wembley.

International recognition represented a huge rise for the former QPR youth team sensation, who started the season on the periphery at Anfield but is now a first choice for manager Rodgers.

"I got the call from Roy (Hodgson) and he explained the reasons for it. He feels he is one for the future and it was an opportunity for Raheem to get a sense of what he can achieve in the next few years,” said Rodgers during a pre-match press conference.

"He knows how much work he has to do to get to that level on a consistent basis but the strides he has made for a 17-year-old have been fantastic.

"He is very level-headed and I have been really impressed by his mentality and it is the job of people who surround him just to support him.”

Rodgers also believes the success of Sterling has had a knock-on affect with the young players at the club on Merseyside, with a large number now looking to emulate the teenager’s rapid rise to senior football.

"I think Raheem has given all the young players, from eight years of age to the young professionals, hope. When you come to Liverpool you are never sure as a young player whether you will get a chance,” added the former Swans chief.

"Now all of a sudden in the next few months we are going to see a number of players 18, 19 years of age around the squad and playing. I have seen a marked difference in the enthusiasm and desire of the young players because of one reason - hope."

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