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'Liverpool won't need a replacement for Raheem Sterling', says Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers showing great character
Brendan Rodgers showing great character

Do Liverpool have enough "character" in their squad is the question on a lot of minds.

Brendan Rodgers has, incredibly, announced that Liverpool don’t need any players to replace Raheem Sterling, who completed his £49m move to Manchester City this week.

"There’s not a need for a direct replacement. We’ve brought in a number of really good players, and if you add to that to what we’ve already got, the balance is good.

"Players are always going to be wanting to come to Liverpool. But players will move on. The profile of those we’ve brought in fit the profile of how we want to work. Plus we have players who will better for last season."

Despite Liverpool already making a number of signings this summer, including the £29m capture of the Brazilian forward Firmino from Hoffenheim, it could be argued that if the club has any ambitions of attacking the top four they need to reinvest that £49 million pound into other footballers.

"The flexibility of Firmino is important,” continued Rodgers. "He’s got wonderful talent, wonderful touch. He can play on the sides, through the middle or in behind. He’s accustomed to European football. He’s a talent who wants to score."

In addition to Firmino, Liverpool have made the signing of James Milner from Manchester City, and Adam Lalana believes he will be a great asset to the squad.

"He’s a great pro. For us to sign him shows massive intent from the club. He’s won the Premier League, and has over 50 caps for England," said Lallana.

But this news will not send shivers down the spine of any Liverpool fan.

And most importantly, any of their rivals such as Manchester United, who have completed the signings of Bastian Scweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin.

Ross Murphy