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Liverpool boss hopes to use £45m Sterling cash to sign Premier League pair

Anfield side set to field latest Man City bid for England international.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hopes to accrue £45m from the sale of youngster Raheem Sterling so he can use the funds to pursue Premier League pair Nathaniel Clyne and Christian Benteke according to Goal.com.

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Rodgers has brought in four new additions this summer with three of those secured; James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan, being free agents, and seemingly the Northern Irish boss will not have a large transfer war-chest to draw from.

Last summer funds from Luis Suarez’s sale to Barcelona were used to bring in a number of high profile signings, including Mario Balotelli, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, though Rodgers may struggle to secure big names this time around without Champions League to offer prospective new recruits.

Goal.com claim that Man City are ready to make a fresh offer for Sterling as they seek to re-shape their attack.

Manuel Pellegrini has his sights set on Sterling and Wolfsburg playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, the Etihad Stadium side having meekly surrendered their Premier League title to Chelsea last season.

Rodgers allowed Glen Johnson to leave Liverpool when his contract expired and the Liverpool manager may see Southampton defender Clyne as an ideal addition to fill the right-back berth.

Moves to capture Benteke would aid a push to improve Liverpool’s misfiring attack.

Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini and Daniel Sturridge managed just eight Premier League goals between them last season whilst in-form Belgian Benteke netted 11 goals in his last 12 games for Aston Villa, helping Tim Sherwood’s side to pull away from the relegation zone as well as to a spot in the FA Cup final.

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