Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has hailed Liverpool’s wonderkid Raheem Sterling ahead of the Arsenal’s visit to Anfield on Sunday.

Sterling who scored two goals against the gunners in February when they visited Anfield. Despite Sterling’s performance this season compared to the last when Liverpool almost won the League. Sterling scored nine goals and five assists in 33 Premier League appearances last season.

Things have been more difficult this term, with the 20-year-old forced to assume even greater responsibility in the wake of Luis Suarez’s summer move to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge’s persistent injury problems.

“I rate him highly,” the Frenchman told reporters. “Everybody spoke about Suarez last year but Sturridge and Sterling were very influential.”

Arsenal found themselves 4-0 down after 20 minutes the last time these two sides met on Merseyside in February – with Sterling scoring twice – and while Wenger acknowledges Liverpool are significantly weakened, he is wary of the Anfield crowd.

“Last year Liverpool scored over 100 goals,” he added. “Now they’re not on the same trend. They came off the blocks very strong last time.

“I have a lot of respect for the crowd at Liverpool because they stand behind their team.”

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