Liverpool manager seeks to maintain his friendship with Man City bound winger.


Amid reports that all is not rosy between manager Brendan Rodgers and wantaway winger Raheem Sterling,  the Liverpool manager has dismissed any trace of bad blood between the two, insisting that his relationship with Sterling has not been damaged.

The former QPR midfielder is set for a £49m transfer to Manchester City where he will collect around £200,000 a-week, after refusing to sign a new deal at Anfield.

“The situation is very simple,” Rodgers said in Thailand on the club’s pre-season tour. “The club has agreed a deal with another club for Raheem subject to a medical that’ll go through.

“Raheem & I have always remained very strong in our relationship and that remained the case when we left. There is no issue there.

“I spoke to Raheem at length yesterday, so there’s no issue.

“The two clubs have agreed a deal, and he will move on. But at this moment in time the interest is with the players that are here.

“It was important to improve and build the squad for the season. We’re very pleased with the players we’ve brought in.

“The key for us is the overall team. Individuals like Raheem will have benefited from the team. We aim to be much stronger and more competitive than we were last season, and we’re relying on everyone.”

Raheem Sterling’s move to Manchester City has been a lengthy affair which has lingered for a while promoting the young English player refusing to go on tour with the Kops.

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