Steven Gerrard has admitted he played a role in Luis Suarez sealing his dream move to Barcelona, having told the Uruguayan to reject Arsenal’s advances 12 months ago.
Suarez was at the centre of a summer long transfer saga which saw the Reds Premier League rivals attempt to lure the forward to north London – a move which never materialised.
And the Liverpool skipper has revealed he told Suarez to concentrate on getting Liverpool back in the Champions League and be patient in the hope Barcelona or Real Madrid would move for him the following year, as he was ‘too good ‘ for Arsenal.
Suarez went on to fire 31 goals last season, as the Reds finished second in the Premier League, and sure enough Barcelona came calling with a £75million offer.
Gerrard said: “His dream all along from the first day he came was to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona.
“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.”