Raheem Sterling to miss Liverpool's tour to Thailand

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Liverpool are in advanced talks with Manchester City over a move for Raheem Sterling who will not travel with the squad to Thailand on Sunday.

Sterling was on Saturday named in Liverpool's 30-man squad for their tour of Thailand, Australia and Malaysia, but fresh developments over a potential move to a Premier League club - which Sky sources understand is Manchester City - mean he will not board the plane.

While there is no deal in place, we understand talks are now sufficiently advanced that Liverpool have chosen to leave Sterling behind to see if a deal can be completed.

City have had two bids for Sterling turned down by Liverpool - the second believed to be in the region of £40m.

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Sterling missed the start of pre-season training earlier this week, citing illness as he sat out Wednesday and Thursday's sessions before reporting on Friday. He reported for duty with the rest of the squad at Melwood on Sunday morning - but will not be on the plane.

Liverpool are due to fly to Bangkok on Sunday ahead of their first friendly against a Thai All Stars side on Tuesday.

Sterling, 20, joined Liverpool from QPR's academy in 2010 and has made 129 appearances for the club, scoring 23 goals.

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He made his senior England debut in 2012 and has scored one goal in 16 appearances.

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