Suarez thanks Gerrard for talking him out of Arsenal move

Luis Suarez has thanked Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard for dissuading him from quitting the Reds for Arsenal in the summer of 2013, ESPN has reported.

Suarez has recalled the situation in his new book, having eventually left Anfield for Barcelona after the 2014 World Cup. The Gunners attempted to trigger a release clause in Suarez’s contract that said he could leave for £40m, only for Liverpool to refuse to sell and Suarez to eventually decide he didn’t want to make the move.

“It would have been a big error that I would have made had it not been for Steven Gerrard,” Suarez has written in his new book. “We spoke about this when I went to Melwood [Liverpool’s training ground] 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 [the previous summer] 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.”

Suarez signed a new Liverpool contract shortly after the affair and helped the club to second place in the Premier League last season, scoring 31 goals in the process. The £40m release clause was removed when Suarez signed a new contract and he moved to Barca for £75m.

The Uruguay international made his Barca debut against Real Madrid in late October, the Catalans losing 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Suarez’s debut was delayed due to the four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

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