Ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Liverpool, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he’s unsure as to why Liverpool decided to sell Raheem Sterling, according to the Daily Express.
The England international left Anfield for Manchester City in a £49m deal earlier in the summer, having alienated supporters during his final months on Merseyside after it became public that he wished to leave, but Wenger has defended the 20-year-old, and hinted that Brendan Rodgers was wrong to let him go (via Express).
“During the season the boy was quiet, never made any stupid statement. He’s a quality player,” he said.
“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,” he added.
While the Reds have made several signings during this summer, they have not brought in the kind of player that will replace Sterling. Of their current crop, Jordon Ibe appears to be the man that offers the most similar kind of attributes to his former teammate. Nevertheless, the 19-year-old is still far from being considered the finished product.
Meanwhile, Sterling has made a decent start to his career at the Etihad. Although he missed a glorious chance during the victory over West Brom, his good work down the left gave Aleksandar Kolarov the opportunity to open the scoring against Everton.
And while Rodgers’ men have made a good start to the season themselves, defeat in their biggest test of the campaign so far may just vindicate Wenger’s words that the Reds were wrong to let him go.
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