Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva: Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez exits not the same

The Brazilian has said the circumstances behind the latest star to leave Anfield are not comparable to last summer’s exit.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has stated that Raheem Sterling’s exit to join Manchester City is not comparable to Luis Suarez’s sale to Barcelona last summer, as per The Liverpool Echo.

The England international ended an ongoing transfer saga by sealing a move to the Etihad Stadium earlier this week, robbing the Reds of one of their best players over the last two seasons.

The Anfield outfit landed highly rated Brazil international Roberto Firmino earlier this summer, who will surely be charged with filling the void left by Sterling.

However, Lucas has stated that despite Sterling’s exit being a loss, it is not the same as Suarez leaving and that Liverpool must not dwell on the fact that the diminutive winger has left the Merseyside club.

“Every season you lose players,” The Liverpool Echo quote the South American as saying.

“Raheem was important for us, he was a young player, but we have also lost Stevie, too, and Glen Johnson. They are big, experienced players and one very good young player.

“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.

“We knew it would be hard but we just need to focus on the players who arrived. We need to make sure we help them settle. I think the team just has to adapt. I have been very impressed with a lot of the new players. The club has to move on.”

Sterling has already felt the wrath of disgruntled Reds fans since he announced earlier in the year that he had rejected a new contract with Brendan Rodgers’ men.

There has been a sense of inevitability over the young star’s exit from Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers surely preparing for life without the talented attacker.

The Reds have been busy in this summer’s transfer window so far, with a boost in funds potentially allowing for more expenditure.

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