Brendan Rodgers: 'Raheem Sterling's zip has gone'

Shaun Cummings, Raheem Sterling
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits that Raheem Sterling is starting to feel the strain of regular first-team football.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Raheem Sterling is starting to feel the rigours of a Premier League campaign.

Sterling made a fantastic start to life in the first team at Anfield and only Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have played more games for the Reds this season than the 18-year-old.

"This is a kid we're talking about, so we have to take a wee step back," Rodgers told The Mirror.

"The zip has gone and that's down to fatigue. But was that to be expected? Yes it was. I was talking to him the other day about this, and if he didn't kick another ball this season he's had a good one."

Sterling has made 36 appearances for Liverpool this season, scoring twice.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers before his sides match against Manchester United on January 13, 2013
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