Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he thinks Raheem Sterling is a "top player" but refused to comment on talks of the winger moving to Arsenal in the summer.
Sterling, who was born close to Wembley stadium, said in his BBC interview that he was "flattered" to be linked to clubs of the calibre of Arsenal, something that has not impressed the majority of Reds' fans.
In the press conference before the match against Liverpool on 4 April, Wenger said: "Sterling is a top player, everyone in England knows that, but I don't want to get involved in that 48 hours before a game.
"I have a big respect for Liverpool but I am focused on the game and producing the performances we have done recently."
Talks between Sterling and Liverpool have been put on hold until the end of the season, after the player rejected a £100,000 a week contract. He has also been linked with moves to the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.