Gerrard admits he feared Suarez would leave Liverpool

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted he was worried Luis Suarez would leave the club over the summer, the Daily Mail has reported, but now that the Uruguay international has remained at Anfield and returned from his 10-game suspension, Gerrard believes Suarez’s form is a credit to his character.

Suarez netted his first goals of the season against Sunderland on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers’ side beat the Black Cats 3-1, with Daniel Sturridge netting Liverpool’s other goal as well as teeing up Suarez for each of his. But Gerrard was extremely concerned that Suarez had played his last game for the club, revealing he worried “every day in the summer” that Suarez was bound for the exit.

When you have a player as good as Luis Suarez, you know the big clubs are going to want him,” Gerrard added. “I was waking up each morning, hoping that nothing would happen and that he would still be here.

Nobody tried harder than me to (make him stay) and he knows exactly what I think of him. I knew if we could keep him here, the better our chances (of progress) would be. He is a special type of footballer and he gives us something different.

Gerrard has been impressed with Suarez’s response to Liverpool refusing to sell, praising the forward’s rediscovered commitment to the club’s cause. “When the club got the message to him that they were not going to sell, he got his head down and has worked hard,” Gerrard said. “He has never given us a moment’s problem. He wants to achieve something this season and he looks as hungry as he has ever done. He is here now and he wants to stay.

It is a credit to Luis for the way he has come back. A lot of players in his position might have come back and spat the dummy out and not tried for the team. But he is not that type of guy. He realised the club wanted to keep him and he has respected their decision.

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