Sunday, 1 September 2013

Liverpool's Gerrard tells Luis Suarez: Give us one more year then join Real ... -

Steven Gerrard has told Luis Suarez that he is too big for Arsenal.

The Kop skipper became a confidante for the Uruguayan striker when he was trying to force through his departure from Anfield this summer.

Liverpool stood firm in the face of a £40,000,001 bid from the Gunners that sparked fury at the Merseyside club.

And although Gerrard knows from ­experience how a player can have his head turned, having twice been on the brink of leaving Liverpool to join ­Chelsea, he does not think a move to the Emirates would have been a step up for ­Suarez.

Gerrard said: "I didn't ever think Luis would leave – well, not to another English club anyway.

"I don't want to disrespect Arsenal, because they are a fantastic club, but I don't see joining them as being a step forward for Luis.

"There are only really two or three clubs he should leave this football club for if he is taking a step forward.

"If we don't qualify for the ­Champions League this ­season he can go to Real Madrid, ­Barcelona or Bayern Munich – and he can go with his head held high.

"The one thing I can assure you, it's not about money with Luis Suarez."

Gerrard added: "I understand we're a little bit off the Champions League here at the moment, but I think he would ruin the relationship he has got with the supporters here if he went to another ­English club.

"I saw what happened to Fernando Torres. I didn't want Luis to make the same mistake and that's the advice I gave him. He'll have another chance to move forward to a club that he deserves to be at."

Suarez will miss the clash with Manchester United today as he serves the final three games of a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last season.

And Gerrard believes that the Liverpool No 7 will learn from the inner torment he ­suffered when it came to ­rejecting Chelsea in 2004 and 2005.

He said: "It was all about whether I wanted to win more trophies with Chelsea or ­another club, or whether I was content to win less with Liverpool knowing that those trophies would mean more."


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