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Rodgers: Sterling primed for Real
20 Oct 2014 11:11
Brendan Rodgers insists there is no reason to protect Raheem Sterling ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Real Madrid at Anfield.
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Sterling influenced all of Liverpool's goals in Sunday's edgy 3-2 victory at QPR, back in club action after criticism of England's decision to use him sparingly in Euro 2016 qualifiers.
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The Liverpool boss remains frustrated with "misinformation" around the teenage forward's post-match recovery schedules.
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Rodgers once again refuted suggestions the 19-year-old is handed two days' rest after club matches and confirmed Sterling will not be held back ahead of the Real showdown.
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"His recovery will be the way it is every single week and game that we play; there's no difference," said Rodgers.
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"We always train: I think there was probably some sort of misinformation that went out.
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"I said in the press conference the other day, and I can repeat for those that didn't hear it.
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"When we play a game like today, tomorrow the players that have played today over the 70-minute mark will have a recovery session inside.
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"The other players will work, the second day they will be outside on the field.
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"The difference with the recovery on the second day, it's still tactical work, it's still technical work, but the density of the session is closed right down.
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"So it will be no different from every other session.
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"I call the second day recovery for me a football recovery session - they are not sat at home with their feet up and a hot chocolate.
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"He'll be at Anfield on Tuesday night training and working, getting ready for the game."
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