Liverpool media round-up: Lucas on Sterling departure, Reds step up Benteke interest, Clyne on his move

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

The departure of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City was confirmed last night for a fee of around £49 million, but Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has vowed that the loss of the 20-year-old won't affect the Reds on the field like Luis Suarez's exit.

Lucas, however, has admitted that Sterling does leave something of a void in the side.

The Brazilian is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “I think it would be unfair to put Raheem in the same bracket as Luis. He is only a young player. He is only 20 and has to develop.

“Of course he was very important for us for two seasons. But Suarez is one of the best players in the world at this moment in time.

“Raheem is probably one of the best young players so there is a gap. He decided to move on and the club felt that they got a good deal.

“We shouldn’t start the season again talking about the players that we lost. Last year I think something that distracted us was losing Luis."

Now that particular transfer saga is over, the Daily Telegraph reports that Liverpool have reaffirmed their interest in Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke

Villa, however, are warning that Liverpool will not be able to do a deal for the Belgian until the £32.5 million release clause in the forward's contract is triggered. Liverpool are expected to step up their pursuit in the next few days, according to the report. 

One of Liverpool's summer signings Nathaniel Clyne has explained his reasons for choosing Liverpool ahead of Manchester United, and has said he expects the Reds to go into every competition this season looking to win it. 

He is quoted in the Guardian, saying: “It just seemed right for me to join Liverpool with the gaffer telling me there’s a spot here for a young right-back like me who is looking to push on in my career.

“Liverpool showed the most interest and I’m the kind of player that I want to go somewhere where I am really wanted and I felt that here.”

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