Rodgers - Liverpool are still in England's elite

Rodgers believes Liverpool are still one of the game's giants
Rodgers believes Liverpool are still one of the game's giants

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed Manchester City are still striving to join his club among the elite names in English football.

City beat Liverpool to last season's Premier League title and have emerged as a superpower of the modern game after being taken over by hugely wealthy owners from Abu Dhabi.

Yet Rodgers believes Liverpool's history and reputation around the world means they are still a step or two ahead of clubs like City, amid increased speculation that the Manchester club are hoping to sign Reds winger Raheem Sterling this summer.

“If you say that Manchester City is a bigger club than Liverpool, you’re wrong,” Rodgers told reporters.

“At this moment in time Manchester City are on a great project. They’re a wonderful club, I’ve seen it for myself a few years ago when I spoke with them.

“I’ve got big respect for what they’re doing there. They’re trying to build it the right way, but at this moment in time you can’t compare them to us.

“You’ve got Liverpool and Manchester United as the two biggest clubs in this country -- the rest of them are fighting to be there over the next 20 years.”

Liverpool have vowed not to sell Sterling this summer, even though the 20-year-old winger has turned down a £100,000-a-week new contract with the Anfield club.