Rodgers says the youngster can handle the step up in tactical intensity.
"People talk about the World Cup being too early for Sterling because he's only got pace. But I can tell you now, I see this boy every single day of my life and I see his technique.
"He's one of the most tactically gifted players I have worked with; how he presses the ball, how he gets up to the ball and his technique is wonderful. He's more than pace. What he has got for a young player is responsibility on the pitch."