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…