Luis Suarez Claims Steven Gerrard Convinced Him to Remain with Liverpool

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2013

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates his second goal with Steven Gerrard (L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on September 29, 2013 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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While Liverpool fans do not need much of a reason to like Steven Gerrard any more, the veteran provided yet another one this offseason by helping keep Luis Suarez at Anfield.

According to Sky Sports, Suarez recently credited Gerrard as a reason he stayed, saying:

Gerrard, for me, is a legend in Liverpool and a great team-mate that helped me a lot. 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.

The controversial striker had been the subject of non-stop rumours throughout the summer, apparently attempting to force a transfer. He was reportedly on his way to Arsenal at one point, although it was reported his dream move was to Real Madrid.

Despite the headlines, Suarez ended up remaining with Liverpool to start the season, and both sides appear to be thriving as a result.

Through seven matches, the Reds are currently tied with Arsenal on top of the table with 16 points. Daniel Sturridge took over the role of go-to scorer while Suarez was serving a suspension, but the Uruguayan has three goals in two matches since returning.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30:  Steven Gerrard of Liverpool congratulates Luis Suarez on scoring during the UEFA Europa League play-off round second leg between Liverpool and Hearts at Anfield on August 30, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence
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Going forward, it appears that the two have formed an elite tandem that will lead to a lot of success throughout the season.

This all is thanks to the influence of Gerrard as captain. The 33-year-old midfielder has spent his entire career with the club and showed that you can accomplish a great deal both individually and as a team without chasing big money elsewhere.

The world-class player proved that he is also a worthy leader, doing what is necessary on and off the pitch to help his club.

Suarez will likely have a big role in Liverpool's quest to win trophies this season, although it once again always comes back to the contributions of Gerrard. 


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