Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers gives Raheem Sterling update
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his relationship with Raheem Sterling remains strong despite accepting Man City's offer
Brendan Rodgers says he still has a good relationship with want-away Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling.
The Reds accepted a £49m offer from Premier League runners-up Manchester City on Sunday night after Sterling made it clear that he would not be signing a new deal at the 18-time English champions.
I spoke to Raheem at length again before I left yesterday, so there’s no issue and no problem
Reports in the British media suggested that Rodgers and Sterling had fallen out in recent days after the 20-year-old missed two pre-season training sessions at Melwood last week.
Whilst Rodgers confirmed Liverpool had accepted an offer for the youngster, the Reds manager rubbished talk of a breakdown in relations between the pair.
“The situation currently is very simple,” Rodgers told his pre-match media conference in Thailand.
“The club has agreed with another club a deal for Raheem to be transferred and subject to a medical that will go through. Contrary to probably the last week or so, in terms of what was written, Raheem and I have always remained very strong in our relationship and have been right up until we left.
“So there’s no issue there.”
Rodgers revealed that he spoke to Sterling at length before Liverpool flew out to Thailand for the pre-season tour on Monday.
Rodgers added: “As I said, at this moment in time it’s only about the players that have travelled here. I spoke to Raheem at length again before I left yesterday, so there’s no issue and no problem.
“Two clubs have agreed a deal and subject to a medical he will move on. But at this moment in time the interest is with the players that are here.”
Sterling scored seven goals and made seven assists in 35 Premier League appearances last season.
The Reds signed the 20-year-old in a £500,000 deal from Queens Park Rangers in 2010.