Brendan Rodgers denies rift with Raheem Sterling

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rodgers confirms Sterling move is imminent
Rodgers confirms Sterling move is imminent

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hit back at suggestions that his presence as the club's manager has forced Raheem Sterling out of Anfield.

Sterling is set to complete ludicrously over-priced £49m move to Manchester City imminently, with reports last week suggesting the 20-year-old was desperate to leave Liverpool following a fall-out with Rodgers.

That has now been flatly denied by the Liverpool boss, who has confirmed a move for his winger will go through after the lofty fee was agreed upon.

"The situation currently is simple," stated Rodgers in Singapore. "The club has agreed with another club a deal for Raheem to be transferred. Subject to a medical, that will go through.

"Contrary to 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 up until he left. There is no issue there."

Meanwhile, Rodgers spoke for the first time about his big summer signing Roberto Firmino, as he suggested the Brazilian attacking star can make a big impact in the Premier League.

"He's a top class player. He's played in Europe, so he understands it," added Rodgers.

"There's no pressure. He'll come in to the Premier League and it will take time to adapt, but he has all the traits and the profile that we would want. He works hard, has talent and can score goals. We're really excited. 

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