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Liverpool to have patience with starlet Sterling

Raheem Sterling will not be rushed by Liverpool says Kenny Dalglish.

The 17-year old winger made his first senior appearances in the weekend's Premier League loss to Wigan Athletic but Dalglish has made it clear that he needs to be given more time to bulk up as he is not quite at the physical stage that fellow youngsters John Flanagan and Jack Robinson were at when they debuted.

"We need to have common sense and make sure we do a professional job on any of the kids coming in," Dalglish told the club's official website.

"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."

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