Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes the loss of Luis Suarez would make breaking in to the top four of the Premier League and returning to the Champions League under Brendan Rodgers nearly impossible, the
Suarez has made plain his desire to leave Anfield this summer, with Real Madrid and, in particular, Arsenal, showing an interest in the Uruguay international. But Gerrard feels that if Suarez is insistent on moving away from Merseyside, he should only join one of the two biggest teams in Spain – Madrid or Barcelona.
“Where we sit actually right now, it all depends on what decision Luis Suarez makes in the next few weeks. If we lose him then the challenge becomes even more difficult. It’s that simple,” Gerrard said.
“If he goes to Arsenal, it obviously makes our season that little bit more difficult. It strengthens them an awful lot and they are our rivals for a top-four position. From the club’s point of view it doesn’t make sense at all, no matter how much money is put on the table,” the skipper added.
Gerrard went on to describe Suarez as the third best player in the world, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with Gareth Bale on par with Suarez, and revealed that he has been trying to convince Suarez to reconsider his stance and stay at his current club.
“If he was to go abroad to a Madrid or Barcelona I would totally understand it,” Gerrard admitted. “He’s a South American. He’s good enough to play in either of those teams. From a family point of view, it’s where they all want to be. If I was him I would wait for one of those two clubs because I think he’s good enough to play for them.”
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