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Rodgers to rest Allen and Sterling.

LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers is preparing to give Wales midfielder Joe Allen and teenage wing sensation Raheem Sterling a rest after acknowledging fatigue played a part in their home defeat by Aston Villa.

Allen is also getting used to life at Anfield after following Rodgers from Swansea City in the summer while Sterling, who has only just turned 18, has been hugely impressive in his first Barclays Premier League season.

Rodgers said: "There is no doubt Raheem is one who does need that breather.

"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.

"For the kid, it's about efficiency as well.

"Tactically he's still very young.

"That time will come and he will get the breather soon enough.

"There is no doubt, after working with Joe and seeing him, he's another one.

"If we're honest, there are a few who could do with that breather, especially mentally.

"It's something for sure I need to have a wee look at."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 18, 2012
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