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Brendan Rodgers on Steven Gerrard's injury, gives update on Raheem Sterling


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says captain Steven Gerrard will be assessed in the coming days after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 win away at Sunderland.

The Reds will be hoping to have the 34-year-old back soon as he has been on fire lately, scoring against Leicester City and Wimbledon.

"It was just precautionary," Rodgers said.

"He'll have a scan on his hamstring. It just felt a little bit tight, so we'll just need to manage that and see how it is."

Meanwhile, the Northern Irishman says winger Raheem Sterling will be available for the away game against Aston Villa on Saturday.

"Raheem will be back next week. It's something that was already planned from the summer," Rodgers explained.

"In my time here, in two and a half years, he's come from the youth team through to becoming a full international player and one of the best young players in European football.

"There's a lot asked of him and if I was selfish I would maybe have him here with me for every single minute because he's been brilliant, but I need to think of the kid and the long-term for Liverpool and for him.

"I felt after the Christmas period, because he's played a lot for me - he's played over 100 games already as a kid and he's just turned 20 - it would be a good period for him to have a rest.

"He missed the FA Cup tie and missed today's game, then he rejoins us again next week and will be fresh and fit for the second half of the season."

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