Luis Suarez has revealed that Steven Gerrard stopped him from joining Arsenal in summer 2013.
Arsenal offered Liverpool £40,000,001 to activate the Uruguayan’s release clause, and Suarez was open to the move after the Reds failed to qualify for the Champions League.
However, the Liverpool hierarchy stood firm and refused to sell him at that stage.
And while the striker eventually left for Barcelona in 2014, he claims it was his Liverpool captain who convinced him not to join the Gunners in 2013.
“We qualified for the UEFA Europa League but the season ended badly,” Suarez said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“I’m about to go to Arsenal, forcing myself to go, and Steven tells me ‘I promise that if you stay this year you’re going to take off and next year you’ll go to Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid or whichever one you want, but stay this year because you won’t 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.”