Liverpool have ignored Raheem Sterling's request to be left out of their pre-season tour of Asia, confirming his participation with a tweet on Saturday.
A number of sources claimed that the 20-year-old had personally asked Brendan Rodgers if he could be allowed to stay in England in case Manchester City launch an acceptable offer.
However, the Reds manager has decided to include Sterling in the 30-man squad in what is another clear sign that Liverpool are prepared to keep him at the club whether he likes it or not.
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Driving down the price
There was also a report from this morning's Mirror that claimed Liverpool were prepared to let Sterling rot in the reserves if no club met their £50m asking price.
Liverpool seem to be digging in their heels over Manchester City's attempts to drive down the fee. The Citizens have already launched two bids in the region of £30m and £40m but are yet to improve of them.
They are reportedly preparing a third and final offer, which will include £40m up front with a variety of performance related add-ons included.
Lads on tour
Liverpool tweeted the full squad earlier today:
Notable omissions include Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Jose Enrique.
Balotelli was recently given compassionate leave due to the death of his adoptive father but Enrique and Borini's absence most probably has something to do with their impending exits from Anfield.
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