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Rodgers excuses Liverpool young gun Sterling

Brendan Rodgers has not criticised Raheem Sterling for bungling two gilt-edged chances in the 0-0 draw with Swansea City on Sunday.

The 17-year old winger hit the woodwork and failed to make the most of an opportunity where he and Luis Suarez outnumbered the Swans defence on a break.

The Reds were slightly wasteful at the Liberty Stadium today but Rodgers was not about to blame Sterling, or anyone else, as his side stretched their unbeaten run to eight matches in the league.

"The difference is that little bit of quality in the final third and that's something we will look to improve on as time goes on," said Rodgers.

"But I was pleased with our build up, creativity and method and we were just a bit unfortunate with the offside goal (from Jose Enrique) and the chance we had with the two v one.

"It was a great opportunity to be two against one on a young defender. It was one where as a coach you look at it and think if Luis had gone three or four more yards he would have committed him and Raheem would have been in on goal.

"It looked like he played the pass too early and Raheem then gave him a ball that knocked him wide on the return.

"We would have hoped to be more clinical on that but that is experience, he is only 17."

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