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Liverpool's Raheem Sterling 'won't play for Brendan Rodgers'

By Simon Hughes

Liverpool's stance towards Raheem Sterling remains firm after the want-away winger did not turn up for pre-season training yesterday morning, citing illness - and it has been suggested that his deteriorating relationship with manager Brendan Rodgers has contributed to his desire to leave.

Rodgers still expects the 20-year-old to board the plane bound for a tour of South-East Asia and Australia on Sunday, even though the player has already told him that he does not wish to be considered.

Those making the key financial decisions above Rodgers, meanwhile, refuse to budge on their £50m valuation of the England international.

Manchester City are likely to return imminently with another bid, although their own trip to Australia, which begins today, could slow negotiations.

It might help Sterling to achieve his exit if he travelled. Liverpool face Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United in the same week City are in the country for a friendly with Melbourne City.

Sterling's immediate involvement will be determined by a home visit from club doctors. If the illness proves to be genuine, then there might have to be a reassessment on the best way to deal with the situation.

And Sterling has reportedly told Rodgers that he does not want to play for him any longer.

One player happy to arrive however is Danny Ings, who trained for the first time with his new team-mates a week ahead of schedule, having elected to take 14 days off for his summer break following England Under-21s' elimination from the European Championship a fortnight ago.

Ings revealed that the presence of Rodgers was significant to his recruitment. "He's fantastic at developing young players," Ings said. "For a player like me, I think it will be perfect to work with him."

Gary McAllister may be set to join Rodgers' coaching staff. Liverpool have been keen to appoint a former player as first-team coach and the Scot has held discussions about the position.

FORMER Cliftonville striker Joe Gormley got his career with new club Peterborough off to the perfect start - by scoring two minutes after coming off the bench to make his debut in a friendly against Dulwich Hamlet.

Gormley, who joined Posh in a three-year deal this summer, also claimed an assist in the 3-2 victory.

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