Sterling secured an initial £44million move to Manchester City in July after months of speculation in which the England international’s conduct was called into question.
The winger refused to sign a new contract at Anfield, and held an interview with the BBC – not sanctioned by the club – where he insisted he was not a “money-grabbing teenager”.
Liverpool suffered a similar fallout with Luis Suarez before his eventual move to Barcelona in 2014, with Arsenal famously submitting a £40,000,001 bid for the Uruguayan the summer before.
This was thought to be the fee to trigger a clause in Suarez’s contract, but Liverpool refused to sell to their Premier League rivals regardless, a move which has left Wenger with “no sympathy” for the Reds over their sale of Sterling.
“Liverpool is in a position they can make their own decisions,” he told reporters. “They refused to sell us Suarez, so I cannot feel too much sympathy for them.”
Wenger also defended the actions of Sterling in securing his move, while stating his belief that the 20-year-old will perform well at Manchester City.
“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.”