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Luis Suarez Reveals How Steven Gerrard Convinced Him to Stay at Liverpool After £40m Arsenal Bid
90min
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:34

Luis Suarez Reveals How Steven Gerrard Convinced Him to Stay at Liverpool After £40m Arsenal Bid

90min
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:34

​Luis Suarez has revealed how Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard helped convince him to remain at Anfield after Arsenal submitted an infamous £40,000,001 bid for the Uruguayan in 2013.

Luis Suarez Reveals How Steven Gerrard Convinced Him to Stay at Liverpool After £40m Arsenal Bid

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger submitted the offer of just over £40m in the hope of triggering a release clause in Suarezs contract, but Liverpool refused to enter into negotiations with the Gunners, while Suarez ultimately moved to Barcelona the following year.
Speaking to Otro (via ​Goal), ​Suarez revealed that he was keen on moving to ​Arsenal, but it was Gerrard who talked him out of it.
He said: "We qualified for the UEFA Europa League but the season ended badly.
"Im about to go to Arsenal, forcing myself to go, and Steven tells me I promise that if you stay this year youre going to take off and next year youll go to ​Bayern, ​Barcelona, ​Real Madrid or whichever one you want, but stay this year because you wont 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."
Suarez endured a challenging period with Liverpool. He was found guilty for racially abusing ​Manchester Uniteds Patrice Evra, before being caught biting ​Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, and it was rumoured that he was keen to bring an end to his time at Anfield in 2013.
However, despite Arsenals advances, he remained with Liverpool and netted an incredible 31 goals as the Reds came incredibly close to winning the ​Premier League in 2014. His form earned him both the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards, as well as the Golden Boot. Following that summers World Cup, Suarez moved to Barcelona as Gerrard had predicted, and the 32-year-old has gone on to establish himself as one of the games finest forwards.