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Rodgers: No need for Raheem replacement

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers say there is "not a need" for a direct replacement for Raheem Sterling.

Brendan Rodgers says there is 'not a need' for a direct replacement for Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Images

Sterling became the most expensive English player when he joined Manchester City for £49m.

The Reds had already secured the services of Brazilian Roberto Firmino who was touted as a like-for-like replacement, but Rodgers seemed to deny this.

Speaking to Liverpool's official website on the club's tour of Australia, Rodgers said:

It's not so much [about] a direct replacement for Raheem, it's just about improving the squad. We've brought in a number of really good players and you add that to what we've already got and the balance in the team looks strong. There's not a need, I didn't feel, for a direct replacement for Raheem.

– Brendan Rodgers, Manager Liverpool

City and Liverpool confirm Raheem Sterling transfer

Manchester City and Liverpool FC have both confirmed that Raheem Sterling's transfer has been finalised.

Sterling was transferred to city for £49 million, a record signing for an English player.

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Liverpool win in Thailand and Firmino shows off on Instagram

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Liverpool began their pre-season tour with an easy 4-0 victory over Thailand All-Stars at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok this afternoon.

The Reds made a perfect start to the match when Lazar Markovic scored in less than three minutes, and Mamadou Sakho doubled the lead towards the end of the first half.

Brendan Rodgers changed his entire team at half time, and Adam Lallana quickly added a third before Divock Origi scored his first goal for the club with thunderous header in the closing stages.

Absent from the squad is new Liverpool singing Roberto Firmino, and although he may not of played today he gave Liverpool fans a taste of his talent on his Instagram page:

Police investigate threats made to Sterling's daughter

Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Images

Police are investigating a number of offensive comments made to footballer Raheem Sterling on Twitter.

The 20-year-old is expected to move from Liverpool to Manchester City this week for £49 million. Officers say they're taking threats against his young daughter extremely seriously.

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"The language used in these tweets is abhorrent,"

"We are taking the incident extremely seriously and an investigation by detectives in Liverpool CID is ongoing.

"People who use the internet to target others and who commit criminal offences such as harassment or hate crime in doing so are not beyond the law and can expect to be brought to justice."

– Merseyside Police

Sterling's move to City expected to be completed today

Raheem Sterling Credit: PA

Raheem Sterling's move from Liverpool to Manchester City is expected to be completed later today.

The two clubs have agreed terms for the 20 year old, with a record breaking price tag of £49 million, making him the most expensive English player ever.

Sterling's arrival at the Etihad Stadium will bring an end to a six-month saga which has been acrimonious in spite of Brendan Rogers' insistence that his personal relationship with the player remains intact.

Sterling angered Liverpool club officials in February by rejecting what Rogers described as "an incredible deal" .

The impasse deepened when Sterling's agent, Aidy Ward, claimed the player would not sign even for "£900,000 a week".

Police investigate twitter threats aimed at Raheem Sterling and his daughter

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Merseyside police have opened an investigation after Raheem Sterling and his his three-year-old daughter, Melody Rose, were subjected to racial abuse and threats on Facebook.

The tweets apparently came from upset fans after the announcement that Raheem was moving from Liverpool to Manchester City in a record £49 million deal.

The language used in these tweets is abhorrent.

We are taking the incident extremely seriously and an investigation by detectives in Liverpool CID is on-going.

People who use the Internet to target others and who commit criminal offences such as harassment or hate crime in doing so are not beyond the law and can expect to be brought to justice.

– A Merseyside Police spokesman

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Watch: Brendan Rodgers talks about Raheem's transfer

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At a press conference in Bangkok Brendan Rodgers answered questions about Raheem moving to Manchester City and their relationship.

Brendan says that subject to a medical the £49 million deal will go through, he also said that he had a strong relationship with Raheem right up until the team left for Thailand and that they have no issues.

Liverpool kick off their pre-season tour against True Thai Premier League All Stars in the first of four friendly clashes.

Sterling close to signing for City

Raheem Sterling Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling could get his wish this week and seal a £49million move to Manchester City.

It's understands the two Barclays Premier League clubs have finally agreed the fee for the 20-year-old.

City have already failed with two bids, the second reported to be worth £40million, with Liverpool understood to be holding out for nearer £50million.

On Sunday, Sterling was left out of Liverpool's squad which flew out for their pre-season tour of Asia as talks over the big-money switch progressed.

And by the time the Reds return, the England international is likely to be a City player, finally bringing an end to an acrimonious six-month saga.

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