Manchester City & Chelsea are 20 years behind Liverpool – Rodgers


The Northern Irishman believes that only Manchester United sit on par with the Reds, suggesting that Raheem Sterling would be taking a step down if he left AnfieldBrendan Rodgers claims that Liverpool and Manchester United are the two biggest clubs in England – and that it will take “20 years” for new-money sides like Manchester City, and even Chelsea, to catch up.

Rumours are swirling that Raheem Sterling could quit Anfield either to join either Jose Mourinho’s team or Manuel Pellegrini’s but Rodgers argues that such a move would represent a step down for the England international.

The Reds may only occupy fifth spot in the Premier League – and have not won the title in 25 years – but the Northern Irishman is adamant that City are incomparable to Liverpool and are instead scrapping with Chelsea and Arsenal to be the country’s third-biggest club.

“I wouldn’t say that this was a development ground for going to bigger clubs. If you say that Manchester City is a bigger club than Liverpool, you’re wrong,” Rodgers told reporters ahead of an FA Cup semi-final showdown with Aston Villa.

“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. 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 at this Sport City, all of that, 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.”

Liverpool have won the league title on 18 occasions, as well as lifting the Champions League – or European Cup – five times, whereas City have one Cup Winners’ Cup and four top-flight titles, two of those coming in the last four years.

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