Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has warned wantaway striker Luis Suarez not to quit Anfield just yet, according to The
Suarez has been the subject of firm interest from the Kop’s Premier League rivals Arsenal, and is believed to have told the club that he wants the chance to talk to the Gunners about a possible move to the Emirates.
Gerrard, however, revealed that he had a chance to move to a Champions League club last year, and has urged the Uruguayan not to jump ship at the first sign of any external interest.
Bayern Munich were the club who wanted to tempt the one-club-man away from Anfield last year, but Gerrard has urged Suarez to follow his example and chase his Champions League dream wisely.
Gerrard says he believes a player of Suarez’s quality deserves the best, but believes that the 26-year-old would be best served doing everything he can to realise his ambitions with Liverpool before jumping ship and chasing them with a new club.
The 33-year-old, who captained Liverpool to their famous European triumph over AC Milan in 2005, said: “I had a chance to move to a Champions League club last year, but there was no temptation. I have been through that enough before – and that is the message for Luis.
“He will get many more chances to move on, if that’s what he wants to do further down the line. I just think a player of his level and quality should wait for the big ones to come. Luis deserves to maybe play in one of the best teams in world football in Barcelona and Madrid and they will come calling for him again.
“So I am hoping, from a biased point of view, that he stays for another year and shows the form he did last year… which could help take Liverpool to that level. Then, maybe, it will be time for him to go next year or the year after. But I really don’t think it is the right time for him to go just yet.”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright also backed up Gerrard’s comments, according to BBC Sport. The former England striker was keen to emphasise that he would love to see Suarez at the Emirates, but does not feel that the time is right for a move.
He said: “I’d welcome him at Arsenal with open arms. But if I was Suarez, when you look at everything, it does seem strange he would want to go to Arsenal. I would give Liverpool another season.
“Arsenal finally realise they’ve got to get up there with the big boys otherwise they will be left behind.”
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