Liverpool boss claims Man City are twenty years away from being as big as Reds

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed that it will take Manchester City twenty years to be as big a club as the Reds.

The Anfield manager also firmly dismissed any suggestion that Raheem Sterling – whose future at the club looks uncertain due to continuing off-field and contractual problems – would be joining a bigger club if he moved to City during the summer transfer window.

“I wouldn’t say that this was a development ground for going to bigger clubs,” Rodgers said of Liverpool.

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

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

The Etihad Stadium outfit are reportedly interested in making a bid for the England international.

Rodgers’ Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage on Sunday following a deserved 2-1 loss to Aston Villa at Wembley.

The Reds – who are currently fifth in the Premier League, seven points behind Manchester City in fourth – will now be hoping that they can overtake last season’s champions and secure a place in next season’s Champions League, which would mark a successful end to what has otherwise been a disappointing campaign for the Merseyside outfit.

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