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Sterling will NOT travel with Liverpool on Asian tour

SportBy Karl Doyle
Sterling has been dropped from Liverpool's tour - which means a move to the Etihad could be imminent
Sterling has been dropped from Liverpool's tour - which means a move to the Etihad could be imminent

Raheem Sterling will not travel with the Liverpool squad when they head out to Thailand today as transfer talks are ongoing with Manchester City, it is understood.

Sterling was yesterday named in Liverpool's 30-man squad for their tour of Thailand, Australia and Malaysia, but fresh developments mean he will not board the plane with the rest of the Anfield squad.

While there is no deal in place, talks are sufficiently advanced that Sterling will stay behind to see if a deal can be completed.

City have already failed with two bids, the second reported to be worth £40million, this summer, but it appears they have now made progress in talks.

Sterling missed the start of pre-season training earlier this week, citing illness as he sat out Wednesday and Thursday's sessions before reporting on Friday.

In today’s Sunday World we reported that he had asked manager Brendan Rodgers if he could be excused from the pre-season tour before being named in the 30-man squad.

Liverpool are due to fly to Bangkok ahead of their first friendly against a Thai All Stars side next Tuesday.

It is understood Sterling reported for training with rest of the squad at Melwood on Sunday morning but Liverpool took the decision to withdraw him from the trip.

Sterling, 20, joined Liverpool from QPR's academy in 2010 and has made 129 appearances for the club, scoring 23 goals.

He made his senior England debut in 2012 and has scored one goal in 16 appearances.