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Suarez 'too good for Arsenal'

Steven Gerrard has revealed he told Luis Suarez to stay at Liverpool last season as he was too good for Arsenal.

Last Updated: 31/07/14 at 15:28 Post Comment

Steven Gerrard: Liverpool captain persuaded Luis Suarez to snub Arsenal move

Steven Gerrard: Liverpool captain persuaded Luis Suarez to snub Arsenal move

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Suarez, who left Anfield for Barcelona earlier this month in a £75million deal, was linked with a move to Premier League rivals Arsenal last summer after they tabled a £40m bid for his services.

However, Liverpool managed to keep hold of the Uruguay international and Gerrard has admitted he played a key role in persuading Suarez to snub the overtures of the Gunners.

Gerrard admits he is sad to see Suarez leave Anfield, but holds no grudges against last season's top scorer for making the move to Spanish giants Barcelona.

"His dream all along from the first day he came was to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona," said Gerrard

"Last summer when he was out in the cold and training on his own that's the conversation I had with him. I said, 'Don't go to Arsenal'.

"With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal.

"I said, 'If you score 30 goals for us and win the PFA Player of the Year, the press Player of the Year, they (Barca and Madrid) will come back for you'.

"I have experience of those clubs myself and I know if you play well they will come back and come back. So I knew they'd be back for him as well.

"I just thought for his own sake, and to get respect off the Liverpool fans, he had to give us at least one year."

Gerrard added: "A lot of people might still think he should have given us one more, but that's the same with most foreigners.

"My big dream was to play for Liverpool, and the foreign players' big dream is to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona - that's a fact.

"For me, I would have been really sad and disappointed to see Luis go to Arsenal.

"I'm disappointed to see him leave now but I am happy for him that's he has got what he wants and deserves.

"Since day one he has been phenomenal in training every day and in the games.

"His wife is from Barcelona and I don't think you can begrudge a player like that who has worked so hard for his dream.

"You can't go against him when he says he is leaving for Barcelona, but I'd have been disappointed if he had left and gone to Arsenal."

Alexis Sanchez; too good for Liverpool, Stevie. :)
- pires

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