Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that it would take at least 20 years for Manchester City to have any chance of becoming as big a club as the Reds, the Daily Telegraph has reported.
The Northern Irishman has made these comments in response to rumours that winger Raheem Sterling could be the subject of a bid from City in the summer.
At present, Man City are richer than Liverpool, have a larger stadium and are regularly qualifying for the Champions League. They have also won the Premier League title in two of the last three season, while Liverpool have not been champions of England since 1990.
However, the Reds, who contest the second of the FA Cup semi-finals against Aston Villa at Wembley on Sunday, have a larger global standing and over the course of their history have won considerably more trophies than Man City both domestically and in Europe.
When asked about the possibility of Sterling moving to the Etihad Stadium, Rodgers said: “I wouldn’t say that this (Liverpool) was a development ground for going to bigger clubs. If you say that Manchester City is a bigger club than Liverpool, you’re wrong.
“At this moment in time Manchester City are on a great project. They’re a wonderful club, I’ve seen it for myself a few years ago when I spoke with them [about being assistant manager]. I’ve got big respect for what they’re doing there. They’re trying to build it the right way and hopefully they’ll get young players through… but at this moment in time you can’t compare as a club the size of the two.
“You’ve got Liverpool and Manchester United, the two biggest clubs in this country, and the rest of them are fighting to be there over the next 20 years.”
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