Brendan Rodgers has denied Brazilian new-boy Firmino was recruited in light of Raheem Sterling's summer departure, and claims there's "no need" for a direct replacement at Liverpool.
Sterling joined Liverpool's Premier League rivals Man City earlier this week in a deal worth £49m.
Brazilian international Firmino, who joined the Reds from Hoffenheim for £29m last month, had been touted as Sterling's like-for-like replacement, but this is something the club's manager denies.
Speaking to Liverpool's official website in Brisbane during their pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East, 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.
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Liverpool look set to lose out on the signing of Carlos Bacca with the Sevilla forward set to undergo a medical in the next few days to complete his transfer to AC Milan.
According to Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan representatives have travelled to Barranquilla, Colombia, where Bacca is currently on holiday, to oversee a medical.
Sevilla confirmed on Wednesday that AC Milan were prepared to pay Bacca's £21million buy-out clause to acquire the South American this summer.
Sevilla sporting director Monchi expects Bacca's future to be decided by the end of this week.
Monchi said on Sevilla's official website: "Carlos Bacca's future will be resolved in the next few days."
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