The forward admits that Gerrard played a huge part in convincing him to stay.
It seems a long time since Luis Suarez was unsettled at Liverpool, but the forward has admitted that captain Steven Gerrard is largely to thank for his change of heart.
After the club failed to qualify for the Champions League once again last season the Uruguayan was strongly linked with a move away from Anfield in the summer of 2013.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid all became interested as a result and the Gunners even went as far as making a £40m plus offer for the forward – which was rejected.
At the time it was obvious Suarez was unhappy with the Reds and when the new campaign began the 27-year-old still had six games of a 10-match ban for biting Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic left to serve.
Many on Merseyside were wondering if the South American would come back to the team at all and if he did whether his mind would be in the right place and if he could build on his brilliant form from 2012/13.
After 26 matches, 23 goals and 17 assists this campaign there was clearly no need to worry, but Suarez admits it could have been so different were it not for Gerrard.
“[He] played a massive part in convincing me to stay in the summer,” the Uruguay international told Four Four Two.
“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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