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Suarez reveals how Gerrard convinced him not to join Arsenal

Luis Suarez has revealed how a talk with Steven Gerrard convinced him not to leave Liverpool for Arsenal.

The Uruguayan enjoyed a prolific spell at Anfield between 2011-2014, but in the summer of 2013, he sought a departure from the club after a disappointing season in which Liverpool failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Arsenal, aware of a clause in the forward’s contract which would trigger a release if a club bid over £40m, tabled an infamous bid of £40,000,001 for Suarez.

The Anfield board did all they could to ensure Suarez did not move to a Premier League rival, however the now 32-year-old Barcelona forward has revealed it was Liverpool captain Gerrard who persuaded him to stay at Anfield for another season.

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“We qualified for the UEFA Europa League but the season ended badly,” Suarez told Otro.

“I’m about to go to Arsenal, forcing myself to go, and Steven tells me ‘I promise that if you stay this year you’re going to take off and next year you’ll go to Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid or whichever one you want, but stay this year because you won’t be better off at Arsenal’.

“This was the last conversation I had with Gerrard at that moment and I told my agent that I had made my decision and I was staying.

“His words convinced me in that moment. They came from a person who cared for me, who wanted my well-being, who saw me suffer during training and saw me sad.

“They were words from a true captain that had an impact in that moment and helped me a lot.”