By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The young winger has captured the hearts and minds of Liverpool supporters recently with impressive performances against Manchester City and Arsenal. However, Rodgers told the Daily Mail that he would keep a close watch on Sterling's development, so that the 17-year old's feet stay firmly planted on the ground.
"I think with young players you have to be careful, they can be elevated above their station too quickly. That is a part of it in this country. They have one good game and they get elevated into superstar status," he stated.
England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce considered calling Sterling up for the team's Euro 2013 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Norway, but the Reds manager revealed that he requested for the player to stay with the Under-19s.
"You then see them at 23 and 24 and wonder why they are not superstars any more. I spoke to Trevor Booking on the thoughts of where the FA believes Raheem is at. I said, in my opinion, of course he has got the ability to be in the Under-21s. But I believe in many ways it is right for him to go with the Under-19s," Rodgers said.
"He was involved with us on Sunday. He has met up with England squad now and travelled to play in Germany. It then allows him to come back and recover well before our next game at Sunderland."
Rodgers admitted that the prospect of Sterling's abilities excited him, but he urged the club's supporters to be patient and give the Englishman time to grow.
"It is all about individual needs, it might look great on the back pages that he is involved in the Under-21s but the reality is that this is a kid who has made great strides over the last few weeks; he was absolutely fantastic through pre-season," he shared.
You have seen his quality, courage and attitude in games - it has been fantastic. But, for the moment, let's just stay calm."