Following Raheem Sterling’s debut for Liverpool against Wigan, many fans have been wondering if the 17-year-old will get another run in the side against Newcastle this Sunday. We are still struggling on the injury front with Adam, Johnson, Bellamy, Kelly and Agger all carry one knock or the other, Sterling may just find himself on the bench again come Sunday but speaking at the pre-match conference today, Dalglish did not give much away.
Dalglish said: “We need to have common sense and make sure we do a professional job on any of the kids coming in.
“Anybody who comes here must have a chance of being a professional footballer, but he’s got a much better chance if we face reality. We’ve got to be realistic with him.
“At the same time we’ve got to be appreciative and realise it doesn’t matter what age they are if they’re good enough.
“But there is a bit of time to go yet on all of the kids. Last year we threw in Jack Robbo and Flanno and it never fazed them, but physically they were a bit stronger than Raheem.
“Every case is going to be different so we’ve got to look at them all individually and manage them, because we want them here for a long time.”
I feel that Dalglish should go all out and not only involve Sterling but start him from the beginning. We do not know when a player is ready yet for such a big step-up as Dalglish has reiterated that young players have to be managed carefully, but from the couch I sit at watching Liverpool week in and week out, we need some pace, we need something different and Sterling can give us that.