Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he will look to give Raheem Sterling a rest in the coming weeks following his excellent start to his debut season in the first team.
The teenager has been talked about as a potential superstar for years and after impressing in the youth side last term, he was promoted to the senior squad in the summer.
His form has seen him make 25 starts already this season and he even won his first England cap during last month’s friendly defeat to Sweden.
The Reds have a busy festive period coming up, and following Rodgers’ admission that he still believes they can finish in the top four, they will be looking to take maximum points from their fixtures.
This may prompt the former Swansea boss to go into the transfer market in a bid to rest some of his stars, having been forced to rely on the same group of players for most of the campaign due to the board’s lack of transfer activity in the summer.
One of these is Sterling and the 39-year-old says he will now look to rest the talented teenager to ensure he is in top form come the business end of the season.
“There is no doubt Raheem is one who does need that breather,” he told the club website. “I’ve thought about it over the past couple of weeks. In order to do that you need to have that depth to take him out and put somebody else in.
“That’s something I’m thinking about – who to put in. He’s a naturally very, very fit boy but he needs that mental rest as well. That time will come and he will get the breather soon enough.”