The Gunners were reportedly interested in signing the England international prior to his £49million transfer to Manchester City and despite the Reds bringing in Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino as potential replacements, Wenger believes the 20-year-old will be difficult to replace this season:
“I personally rate Raheem Sterling. We will see that in the longer term, the Frenchman said [via Mirror Sport].
“Let’s remember, two years ago with Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling, they scored over a hundred goals. To score more than a hundred goals in the Premier League, you need special quality, and Sterling was part of that.”
The two clubs were embroiled in a bitter transfer saga two summers ago as the Merseyside outfit refused their North London counterparts permission to speak with Luis Suarez despite activating his release clause and for that reason the Frenchman is less than sympathetic for his opposite number Brendan Rodgers in regards to the Sterling situation:
“Liverpool is in a position they can make their own decisions. They refused to sell us Suarez, so I cannot feel too much sympathy for them,” Wenger added.
Wenger’s comments will likely have an effect on the current Reds squad as they will be eager to prove they can cope without Sterling when they face the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night and will be hoping to inflict a second straight home defeat for the FA Cup holders.
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