Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was injured during England duty and Rodgers wants to avoid a similar outcome with Raheem Sterling. Liverpool have missed Daniel Sturridge on the pitch and another injury to one of their key players will ruin their season. Joe Allen, Emre Can, Jon Flanagan and Glen Johnson are already out due to injuries and Rodgers is hoping England staff will understand and prevent burn-out of the 19-year-old. Rodgers expects Engalnd to beat San Marino and Estonia comfortably and its the right time to give Sterling the rest he needs.
He said: “I’m not telling the England staff how to do their jobs but hopefully they are clever enough to work with the clubs and have fit players. It’s one of the biggest jobs as a manager, maximising the available talent.’’
“Roy will want the games won, but I’m sure that resting players will also be an objective. Especially when you’re winning a game comfortably.We sat for three-and-a-half hours with England’s sports science and medical team going through each individual player and how they recover and how they work.
“Our injury record since I have been here is very, very good. We put time in to try to help the associations when they want it. Obviously, we would hope then that could be respected. The England manager, the England staff, they get paid their salary, they make the decisions.”
Last week, Brendan Rodgers described Sterling as “super-fit” boy, but he wants the England staff to manage him carefully.
He added: “It’s easy just to turn around and say, ‘he’s 19 and can play every day of the week’. But it doesn’t work like that. Human beings don’t work like that.’’