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Liverpool won't consider loans for Suso & Sterling

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Brendan Rodgers insists he has no intention of allowing Liverpool teenagers Raheem Sterling or Suso out on loan.

Spanish midfielder Suso, 19, was a regular in Rodgers' squads earlier in the season, but has not made a first-team appearance since the 2-1 FA Cup third-round win at Mansfield on January 6.

Sterling, meanwhile, had a spectacular first half of the season, making his England debut against Sweden in November and signing a five-year contract shortly after turning 18 in December.

He too, though, has been used more sparingly by Rodgers since the turn of the year, and has not started a Premier League for two months.

The manager has instead preferred to allow both players to continue their development in the club's Under-21 side, but still sees both as key members of his first-team squad.

Reports had suggested that Sterling was set for a loan move to the Championship, with leaders Cardiff cited as a possible destination, along with Bolton, Brighton and Blackpool.

Suso was linked with a loan switch to Wigan recently, but insisted that he was happy staying at Anfield.

And Rodgers said: "It's very simple. They're not available for loan. I'm not sure where the stories have come from.

"They're both young players who have played a lot this year, and they've been very much a part of our group.

"Raheem's been outstanding this year. He's only young, and we need to nurture and protect him. On top of that, we've got a very small squad, and those two boys are an integral part of it.

"It's something that won't happen."

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