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Reds eager to sew up Sterling stay

29 November 2012 18:10

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he expects to tie up a deal to keep Raheem Sterling at the club on a long-term deal.

The Reds are moving quickly to keep the young starlet on Merseyside, Rodgers told reporters.

"The club and his representatives are in good dialogue and good communication, and hopefully we'll get that resolved very soon," he said.

Sterling has made 21 appearances this season and the former Swansea boss has admitted he is slightly concerned about burning the youngster out.

Rodgers said: "There will be at some point and we'll need to give him a breather, there's is no question (about that).

"He's a very young man and is still learning the game. He still has technical elements he needs to improve upon and tactical elements.

"But one of the biggest things is psychological at this level - real mental fatigue can set in.

"He's been terrific so far. He's got to this stage at the end of November and been absolutely brilliant, but at some point he will need that breather.

"He's been one of our leading players, but for the benefit of Raheem it'll be something I'll need to consider."

Rodgers also called for his side to provide more support captain Steven Gerrard.

The 32-year-old Gerrard has scored just once in 13 Premier League appearances so far this term and has struggled for consistency.

But Rodgers feels the weight of responsibility is currently lying solely on the shoulders of his skipper, and believes the other players in his squad need to do more.

"Steven was outstanding last night (against Tottenham). He's carried this club for nearly 13 years and it's about time that there was more than Steven picking up the baton of responsibility," Rodgers said.

"He's been brilliant since I arrived here. His inspiration and leadership within the team has been phenomenal.

"He might not have got the goals that he wanted this season, but you saw him last night - his range of passing, commitment and drive into the box was superb.

"He has been judged on his goals because he's been a goalscoring midfielder over the years, but he's still offering this group so much on and off the field.

"There are others that we want to step up to the plate and get the goals. Across the board we want to improve and find the solutions."

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