Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he did not pick Raheem Sterling for Tuesday night’s match against Tottenham Hotspur because the striker was fast asleep in the changing room. Sterling, who withdrew from international duty in October due to tiredness, has a camp bed set up in the changing room which he uses for daily naps after training.
‘When we came back in before the game he was still fast asleep’, said Rodgers. ‘My mum always said to never wake a sleeping baby and it’s the same with Raheem. If he doesn’t get enough sleep he can be a real grumpy pants and everyone suffers. And he looked so cute lying there with his thumb in his mouth cuddling his Iggle Piggle teddy’.
Captain Steven Gerrard confirmed to Sky Sports that Rodgers delivered his team talk in a low whisper and that the players were told to remove their boots before coming in to the changing room at half-time to avoid waking Sterling. ‘When we came back in at the end of the match he was just coming to’, said Gerrard. ‘He asked me what the big roar was that woke him up and I told him that Ballotelli had scored the winner. He just thought it was part of some ridiculous dream and went back to sleep’.