Rodgers Was Wrong To Play Sterling

25 Sep

Rodgers Was Wrong To Play Sterling

 

Liverpool scraped past a stubborn Middlesbrough side at Anfield on Tuesday night in the third round of the Capital One Cup. The Reds were taken to penalties after Bamford converted a penalty in the last minute of extra-time before the drama of the penalty shoot-out.

 

The 120 minutes football was thrilling enough with 17-year-old debutant Jordan Rossiter giving the hosts the lead before Adam Reach levelled. Suso put Liverpool ahead again in extra-time before Bamford’s last minute leveller.

 

But no-one could have anticipated what was to follow with Liverpool finally winning the penalty shoot-out 14-13 in dramatic fashion.

 

Liverpool were relieved to scrape through to the next round of the competition but with Everton next up on Saturday they could have done with a less dramatic and shorter night.

 

My biggest concern was Rodgers starting Raheem Sterling in a competition that should be the least of Liverpool’s priorities. It wasn’t so long ago that Rodgers felt the need to rest Sterling in a league game against Aston Villa, yet he played the 19-year-old for the full 120 minutes against Middlesbrough.

 

Sterling is arguably Liverpool’s most important player right now and last night’s game was energy sapping enough but the England international also was on the receiving end of a very tough challenge near the end and hopefully he is fine for Saturday’s massive game.

 

Rodgers needs Sterling at his best and Tuesday night was the ideal opportunity to rest him.

 

 

 

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One Response to “Rodgers Was Wrong To Play Sterling”

  1. Mehster September 25, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    I completely agree, it stuck out as odd to me too. With such a big game this weekend, I hope he’s recovered enough in time!

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