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Sunday 22 October 2017

Rodgers praises 'maturity' of Raheem and wants protection for Liverpool ace

STER'S A STAR

BRENDAN Rodgers has called on England's football family to rally round and protect Raheem Sterling to allow him room to develop without burning out.

"I think he needs protection. I have seen it over the years," he said.

"He is a wonderful talent, he is doing great for Liverpool but there are still a lot of things he needs to learn and he knows that and is a mature boy for his age.

"He has grown into a wonderful young man and his consistency and performances are there and the period he has been in the team has been exceptional. I expect him to keep progressing but in terms of where he is at I think we need to be careful.

"You see so many players where there is a reliance on them - especially with England who, for whatever reason tend to look for one player to put up on a pedestal and very quickly knock him down.

"Raheem will make mistakes, he will have bad games but he will also have outstanding games and it is keeping the calmness with him because he still has a way to go," he added.

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