Luis Suarez has revealed Steven Gerrard played a major role in persuading the striker to stay at Liverpool last summer.
The Uruguayan forward was pressing for a move away from Anfield last summer, before eventually accepting the clubs refusal to sell him.
He has since fired 23 goals in 22 Premier League appearances for the Reds, and committed his future by signing a new long term contract in December.
Speaking in an interview with April’s addition of Four Four Two, Suarez revealed Gerrard “played a massive part in convincing me to stay”.
“He didn’t talk about me, or through me, in the press, but in person,” Suarez said.
“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.”
Suarez completed his transformation from want-away forward to Liverpool skipper in December, when Brendan Rodgers handed him the captain’s armband in the absence of the injured Gerrard.
“It was weird – strange,” he added. “I’d never imagined myself as Liverpool skipper. After everything that had happened with me, to retain the support of the club, the coach and my team-mates showed me they were happy to forget and forgive.
“It proved that my commitment to the club and to my team-mates is genuine and that I’m giving the maximum. Everyone here lives to help the club.
“Being Liverpool captain is something that validates you and makes you feel appreciated because there have been some fantastic leaders here.”