Sterling was in Jamaica as his side won 1-0 away at Sunderland.
Liverpool were able to continue what is a slow revival of their Premier League form by beating Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday lunchtime, with an early goal from winger Lazar Markovic proving to be the difference between the two sides – but one man who was not in the North Easy to witness the result was Raheem Sterling, who has been allowed a holiday to Jamaica by manager Brendan Rodgers.
The decision to allow Sterling, who has already been surrounded by one tiredness controversy this season after an incident on England duty, to fly to Jamaica for a personal mid-season break is sure to prove a controversial one, but Rodgers got away with it on Wearside and former Reds defender Jamie Carragher has backed his decision, according to the Mail.
Carragher feels that lessons from young Premier League players in the past, with Michael Owen and Cristiano Ronaldo cited, mean that the Reds are right to be careful with Sterling, who has played an awful lot of football for such a young player, due to the risk of him burning out:
“The problem is he’s Liverpool’s most important player at the moment the same as Michael Owen was at that age and we know that contributed to him being over played then breaking down. ”
“This is something that happened to [Cristiano] Ronaldo at Man United at that age and is the right decision, just thankfully for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers we got the three points!!”
Sterling has Jamaican heritage and has been able to return to the island to recharge his batteries ahead of returning for the second half of Liverpool’s Premier League campaign.