posted at 17:50
Author Name: Steven Griffiths
Rodgers salutes resilient Sterling
The 19-year-old's commitment to his country and passion for the sport were subsequently questioned, but Sterling made a point to the critics as he produced two key contributions at Loftus Road on Sunday to seal the points for Rodgers's men in one of the most astonishing matches in recent Premier League history. With Hodgson watching from the stands, former QPR trainee Sterling silenced the jibes of the home fans, who chanted "He sleeps when he wants" at the youngster, by instigating the move that lead to Liverpool's opener and then their unlikely winner deep into stoppage-time. "The best players come alive when the game goes dead," Rodgers said. Rodgers is said to be frustrated that Hodgson went public with Sterling's complaints about fatigue. The Liverpool manager is adamant there is no need for him or Sterling to meet up with Hodgson to clear the air. In the end, Rodgers might have been relieved that Hodgson did agree to rest Sterling in Estonia, because he badly needed the teenager's inspiration on a day when Liverpool, badly let down by another lacklustre performance - including an incredible missed open goal - from Mario Balotelli, were once again well below their best. QPR twice hit the bar twice through Leroy Fer before shooting themselves in the foot through Richard Dunne's 10th career own goal. QPR substitute Eduardo Vargas equalised in the 87th minute and then again in stoppage-time after Philippe Coutinho's 90th minute strike had restored Liverpool's advantage.

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