Wenger praises Sterling, refuses to sympathize Liverpool

Ritabrata Banerjee / 24 August 2015

Liverpool take on  Arsnenal in the last match of the game week three of Premier League today. The Merseyside giants have always enjoyed a healthy rivalry with Gunners and their matches have always been very closely fought. Ahead of the high profile match, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger addressed the media in a press conference. 

The French manager was asked about Raheem Sterling’s departure from Liverpool this summer to which he opined that he has great respect for the youngster and he admires the player’s talent. The French manager also refused sympathize the Reds and pointed out the they had refused to sell Luis Suarez to Arsenal in 2013 even after matching the release clause of the player, so there is not question of any sympathy for the team.

Wenger was quoted: “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.

“I personally rate Raheem Sterling. We will see that in the longer term. I personally don’t think that Sterling was making a lot of drama. It’s just during the transfer window that that happened.

“During the season, the boy was quiet – never made any stupid statement. I don’t think he made too much noise. He’s a quality player. They bought Firmino. We will see what he will produce. He is a similar player.

“But 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.”

Liverpool have a marginal edge over Arsenal when face to face is considered. Arsenal on paper looks a better squad than the hosts but then again predictions are difficult to make in such high profile matches. An excting and mouth-watering clash is on the cards.

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