Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Liverpool could end up regretting its decision to sell Raheem Sterling to Manchester City.
The Gunners were also reportedly interested in signing the England international, and despite Liverpool signing Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke, Wenger says the youngster will be tough to replace this season.
“I rate Raheem Sterling,” Wenger is quoted as saying by The Sun.
“I don’t think he was making a lot of drama.
“During the season the boy was quiet, never made any stupid statement. He’s a quality player.
“But 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.”
Wenger showed he is still angered by Liverpool’s decision not to sell Luis Suarez to the Gunners two seasons ago after the North London club activated the Uruguayan’s release clause.
“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 has made the explosive comments just a day out from the Gunners’ clash with the Reds on Monday night, and it remains to be seen if his words will provide added motivation for Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Liverpool currently have a perfect record after beating Stoke City and Bournemouth in its two opening Premier League fixtures, though Arsenal will provide a much sterner test at the Emirates.
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