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GUARDIAN – Liverpool aim to protect teenager Raheem Sterling from burnout

Liverpool forward, 19, has already played 80 club games Brendan Rodgers wants Sterling to avoid injury fate of Owen Raheem Sterling can be as good as OvermarsBrendan Rodgers has said he will safeguard Raheem Sterlings long-term career and avoid a repeat of Michael Owens misfortunes despite the growing importance of the teenager for Liverpool and England.Sterling, who is 19, has already made 80 senior appearances for Liverpool and has started to emerge as a key player for Roy Hodgsons England team, winning his ninth cap against Switzerland on Monday. The forwards form for club and country may limit opportunities to rest him but Rodgers, mindful of Liverpools experiences with Owen when he was in a similarly elevated position, insists he is looking to protect Sterlings interests for the next decade. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Mario Balotelli shakes off bug to be fit for Liverpool v Aston Villa

Italy striker missed training on Thursday Reds hit by string of injuries to key players England blamed for Daniel Sturridge injuryMario Balotelli will be available for Liverpools match against Aston Villa on Saturday after recovering from illness, his manager Brendan Rodgers said.The Italy striker, signed for 16m from Milan last month, missed training on Thursday, adding to Rodgers concerns after a string of injuries involving Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen, Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Daniel Sturridges injury is due to England inflexibility, claims Rodgers

Liverpool striker denied a recovery day by England Emre Can and Joe Allen also returned to the club injured Liverpools England players in the warsLiverpool are seething at Englands treatment of Daniel Sturridge after the striker had a request rejected for a recovery training session on the day he suffered his thigh injury.Brendan Rodgers will be without his leading forward for up to three weeks, with a problem sustained while training at St Georges Park last Friday. Continue reading…

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