Liverpool striker Luis Suárez sings Steven Gerrard’s praises

Luis Suárez reveals that Steven Gerrard's influence was part of the reason behind his decision to stay at Liverpool this summer

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Luis Suarez
Luis Suárez scored 23 Premier League goals last season Photo: Back Page Images

Luis Suárez has revealed that Steven Gerrard’s influence was part of the reason behind his decision to stay at Liverpool this summer.

The Uruguayan’s future was a source of relentless speculation during the transfer window after the forward publicly declared his desire to quit the Reds.

However, Liverpool stood firm in their stance that the striker was not for sale, despite firm interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal.

And the 26-year-old says that Gerrard helped to convince him that staying on Merseyside was the best option for him.

“Gerrard, for me, is a legend in Liverpool and a great team-mate that helped me a lot,” El Pais quotes Suárez as saying.

“I do not know if he prayed [for me to stay] but what he said is what he feels because he was talking to me all the time.

“His attitude was an extra boost for me to take the decision to stay in Liverpool; both he and the fans of Liverpool influenced much for that.

“I admire him for the great player he is worldwide. For me he will always be a benchmark and at club level he is the best player I have played with in my career, as a person and as a footballer.”

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