ESPN – Manchester City and Liverpool fire up Raheem Sterling summer transfer saga

Manchester City have reportedly had a bid worth up to 30 million pounds rejected by Liverpool. Liverpool have rejected a bid from Manchester City worth an initial £25 million, rising to £30m, for Raheem Sterling, prompting the start of what will surely be a long, drawn-out transfer saga this summer. David Usher (Liverpool) and David Mooney (Manchester City) debate the negotiations between the two clubs. What's your initial reaction to Liverpool rejecting the £25m bid for Sterling? David Usher: It was hardly surprising. It's all “part of the dance,” as Liverpool manager Brendan…

GUARDIAN – Raheem Sterling is replaceable at Liverpool, says Michael Owen

• Liverpool would not suffer from selling Raheem Sterling, says former forward• ‘I wouldn’t lose sleep if he did go and you got a fair chunk of money for him’Liverpool would not suffer from selling Raheem Sterling because a player of similar quality could be bought with the proceeds, according to the club’s former striker Michael Owen.Sterling’s future at Anfield remains in doubt after contract negotiations between the club and the player turned sour and the player’s agent declared the relationship was beyond repair. Owen says that Liverpool supporters should not be too anxious about the prospect of losing the talented 20-year-old, as Sterling would not be as difficult to replace as Luis Suárez proved to be. Related: Roy Hodgson tells England’s Raheem Sterling to toughen up after boos Continue reading…

GUARDIAN – Steven Gerrard left surprised by coaching changes at Liverpool

• Improving the playing squad is more important, says Gerrard• Former Liverpool captain keen to receive an explanation• Liverpool coaches lose their posts after owner’s review Steven Gerrard has expressed surprise at the coaching changes at Liverpool and stressed that improving the playing squad rather than the backroom staff is the key to the club getting over last season’s disappointment.Brendan Rodgers’ assistant manager, Colin Pascoe, and the first-team coach, Mike Marsh, were let go last Friday following a review of Liverpool’s campaign by the club’s chairman, Tom Werner, and the Fenway Sports Group executive Mike Gordon, and Gerrard said he would wait “with a keen interest” to get an explanation for those decisions and see what the club does next. Having previously called for the club to make several “marquee signings” this summer, Gerrard reiterated his belief that Liverpool need to spend well this summer to reinforce a squad that was found wanting last term. Related: Liverpool assistant Colin Pascoe and first-team coach Mike Marsh to depart Continue reading…