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Luis Suarez Reveals Conversation with Steven Gerrard That Kept Him at Liverpool

Liverpool's Luis Suarez, left, celebrates scoring his goal with captain Steven Gerrard, right, during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)l)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2014

Luis Suarez has detailed the major role Steven Gerrard had in convincing the Uruguayan striker to remain at Liverpool.

Suarez appeared intent on leaving Anfield during the summer, but as reported by FourFourTwo (h/t Chris Richards of the Mirror), Gerrard took it upon himself to convince his unsettled teammate that his future should remain in Merseyside:

He didn't talk about me, or through me, in the press, but in person. In those moments I forgot that he was 'world football great Gerrard', a Liverpool legend, but as a humble person who spoke to me with all his heart for hours.

He said I was the best forward he'd ever played with, which given the amazing strikers that he's played with at Liverpool, was amazing for me to hear. I'll never forget that.

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Gerrard's compliment certainly did the trick. Suarez has entered the form of his life this season, scoring 23 goals in 22 Premier League appearances, per WhoScored.com. His partnership with Daniel Sturridge—affectionately known as the "SAS" by club supporters—has also seen his colleague rack up 18 in a prolific campaign for the Reds.

Liverpool are currently top scorers in the division with 70 goals in 27 games, averaging 2.59 strikes per match.

Although Brendan Rodgers' defence is currently the second worst in the top 11, Liverpool have maintained fourth position with a number of rampant results, including the 5-0 win over Tottenham, 4-0 derby defeat of Everton and 5-1 thrashing against Arsenal.

Despite scoring just one goal in his last eight games, Suarez's value to the team is also highlighted through the tricky forward's creativity. He has laid on six assists in this time, taking his season tally to nine overall, reported by OptaJoe:

Gerrard's decision to personally speak with his colleague appears to have paid dividends. The skipper is also enjoying an excellent spell of form in a deeper role for the Reds, scoring seven and providing nine assists this campaign.

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The sign of a truly great player is someone who can effectively adapt when the pitfalls of old age set in, something Gerrard has undoubtedly managed across the past two years.

Liverpool are still in with a shot of taking the Premier League crown this campaign and currently linger four points off the lead. Rodgers' men have fixtures against Manchester United, Spurs, Manchester City and pacesetters Chelsea to negotiate, but a decent haul of points from these encounters will more than likely compete for the prize.

With Suarez committed to the club until 2018, per Andy Hunter of The Guardian, Liverpool fans can expect a real chance of silverware across the coming seasons.

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