Suarez praises his former Reds captain for persuading him not to join Arsenal after an uncertain spell at Liverpool
The 27-year old Uruguayan ace thanked his former captain of Liverpool Steven Gerrard for persuading him not to join Arsenal last year.
The Reds skipper revealed he would prayed Suarez would remain at Anfield as Arsenal came calling with two big bids. But Suarez and Gerrard held talks with one another before the star striker decided to stay put.
The Uruguayan striker was close to a £40million switch from Anfield to north London in summer 2013, but instead stayed at Liverpool and led them to the brink of the Barclays Premier League title. Suarez scored 31 goals during Liverpool’s campaign and was crowned PFA Player of the Year before joining Barcelona in a £75m deal in 2014.
In his new book Luis Suarez, My Story: Crossing the Line, the 27-year-old said:
“It would have been a big error that I would have made had it not been for Steven Gerrard.
We spoke about this when I went to Melwood to pick up my things at the end of the summer and he said: “You did the right thing, you waited until the best moment. He had told me to play well for Liverpool, give it another year and it will be Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Barcelona coming for you and then you can go where you want, because you have the quality to play at any of those three clubs.”
I admire him as the great player he is worldwide. For me he will always be a benchmark and at club level he is the best player I have played with in my career, as a person and as a footballer.”
Before the start of the season, Gerrard said:
“Last summer, when Luis was out in the cold and training on his own, I told him “Don’t go to Arsenal. With all due respect to them, I told him he was too good for Arsenal.
Luis’ dream, from the first day he came to us, was to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona. I said, If you score 30 goals for us and win the PFA Player of the Year, the Footballer of the Year. I knew he was going to win them and they will come back for you”.
The reason behind Luis Suarez stay back in Liverpool was
solelybecause of Steven Gerrard. Luis considers him as a legend and a great teammate who helped him a lot during his struggle at Anfield. His attitude was always an extra boost for him to take the decision to stay with Liverpool. Both he and the fans of Liverpool influenced much for that.