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Rodgers: Sterling and Suso going nowhere

March 14, 2013
By Mike Whalley

Brendan Rodgers insists he has no intention of allowing Liverpool teenagers Raheem Sterling or Suso to leave the club on loan.

Suso Sterling
GettyImagesThe pair have struggled to break into the Liverpool first team of late

Suso was a regular in Rodgers’ squads earlier in the season, but has not made a first-team appearance since the FA Cup third-round win at Mansfield on January 6.

Sterling, meanwhile, had a spectacular first half of the season, making his England debut against Sweden in November and signing a new five-year contract shortly after turning 18 in December. He too, though, has been used more sparingly by Rodgers since the turn of the year, and has not started a Premier League game for two months.

The Reds boss has instead preferred to allow both players to continue their development in the club’s Under-21 side, but still sees the pair as key members of his first-team squad.

Reports had suggested that Sterling was set for a loan move to the Championship, with leaders Cardiff cited as a possible destination, along with Bolton, Brighton and Blackpool. Suso was linked with a loan switch to Wigan recently, but insisted that he was happy staying at Anfield.

And Rodgers said: “It’s very simple. They’re not available for loan. I’m not sure where the stories have come from. They’re both young players who have played a lot this year, and they’ve been very much a part of our group.

“Raheem’s been outstanding this year. He’s only young, and we need to nurture and protect him. On top of that, we’ve got a very small squad, and those two boys are an integral part of it. It’s something that won’t happen.”