It wasn't long ago that Liverpool superstar Luis Suarez looked destined to find a new home. But the transfer storm has quieted down, and the Reds are playing tremendous football without the Uruguayan striker, who's still out serving a suspension for last year's biting incident.
But throughout the summer drama, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has maintained a cool head and has been providing Suarez with some sound and spot-on advice.
Most recently, the veteran midfielder had some wise words about the future for the elite goalscorer, per The Mirror's Simon Mullock:
I didn’t ever think Luis would leave – well, not to another English club anyway.
I don’t want to disrespect Arsenal, because they are a fantastic club, but I don’t see joining them as being a step forward for Luis.
There are only really two or three clubs he should leave this football club for if he is taking a step forward.
If we don’t qualify for the Champions League this season he can go to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich – and he can go with his head held high.
Gerrard didn't have to say a lot to make some tremendous points, especially pointing out that while a move to Arsenal would give Suarez an opportunity to play Champions League football this season, there would be no guarantee that he would win trophies.
After all, it's been nearly a decade since the Gunners last won the Premier League and seven years since the club played for the Champions League title.
In addition, the Reds' captain makes Suarez a fair offer while at the same time challenging him to step up his game even more in 2013-14. By recommending that Suarez stick around for just one more year at the very least, Gerrard is cleverly motivating Suarez to bring his A-game when he returns from suspension.
Essentially, he's challenging Suarez to impress clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Gerrard's advice is also powerful because he himself went through a similar situation in the past, rejecting Chelsea's interest nearly a decade ago. He addressed that in comments to reporters, offering a unique perspective on his decision in the process, per Mullock:
It was all about whether I wanted to win more trophies with Chelsea or another club, or whether I was content to win less with Liverpool knowing that those trophies would mean more.
That doesn't mean Suarez will ever feel the same way, but it does pack a punch when coming from an accomplished veteran and one of the club's greatest players.
Even if Suarez doesn't agree with his teammate, surely he respects him and the fact that he's managed to live out his advice.
Gerrard has been superb in his role as captain on the pitch for Liverpool for a long time. But his leadership off the pitch this summer has been underrated and his latest bit of spot-on advice to Suarez proves it.
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