Barcelona striker is one of the world’s best, says Lucas Leiva
- Raheem Sterling joined Manchester City for £49million on Tuesday
- Liverpool struggled to cope with the loss of Luis Suarez last season
- Lucas Leiva insists Liverpool will not have the same problem this term
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Liverpool will not miss Raheem Sterling like they did Luis Suarez, according to midfielder Lucas Leiva as the Brazilian insists the England international is not in the same bracket.
Sterling finally completed his protracted transfer to Manchester City on Tuesday for £49million before flying out to meet his new team-mates on the pre-season tour of Australia.
City identified the 20-year-old as a priority singing earlier in the summer and had two bids rejected for him before the clubs agreed a fee on Sunday.
Raheem Sterling completed his £49million move from Liverpool to Manchester City on Tuesday
The former Liverpool winger signs his City contract alongside the club’s director of football Txiki Begiristain
Liverpool struggled to cope with the loss of Uruguay international Suarez after he move to Barcelona for £70m last summer as the club fell from second the previous season down to sixth in the Premier League.
But Lucas, who helped Liverpool beat a Thailand XI 4-0 on Tuesday, says they will not be rocked in the same way by Sterling’s departure.
‘Raheem was important for us, he was a young player, but we have also lost Stevie, too, and Glen Johnson,’ Lucas is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. ‘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.
Liverpool lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer and struggled to cope with the loss of his goals
Lucas insist that losing Sterling is not the same as losing Suarez, who he describes as one of the world’s best
‘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.’
Source: Daily Mail