Liverpool media round-up: Manchester City bid for Sterling, but expected to stay for a 'long time'

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

More rumours have emerged in the press last night and this morning suggesting that Manchester City will make a move for Raheem Sterling as soon as the transfer window opens in the summer.

The Daily Mail have described any offer that City will put in as a 'mega-bid', and have suggested that Liverpool will demand £50 million if he were to depart the club in the summer - though before Liverpool's 4-1 defeat to Arsenal, manager Brendan Rodgers seemed adamant the 20-year-old will not be leaving.

The Mirror have reported that City will table a £30 million bid, but the Mail also reports a quote from Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre about Sterling and his future, with the contract stand-off between the player and club well documented.

Ayre said: "Raheem’s agent has asked that we park all discussions regarding his future until the summer. We respect that. Raheem is a Liverpool player and has two years left on his contract. We expect Raheem Sterling to be here for a long time."

Despite all the speculation and recent off-field controversy surrounding Sterling this week, his teammate Joe Allen has been singing his praises, and is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying:  “He always focuses on his football. He’s someone who will continue to get better and better. Performances like that are what he’s all about.

“Goal scoring is something he’s getting better at all the time, credit to him. His rise during my three seasons here has been incredible."

Finally, and most importantly, Liverpool will mark the 26th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster with a memorial service at Anfield today.

The service remembers the 96 Liverpool fans who went to an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest but didn't return home.

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