Steven Gerrard has revealed how he talked Suarez out of a move to Arsenal last summer, claiming that the Uruguayan is ‘too good’ for the Gunners.
Suarez was very publicly courted by Arsenal last summer as the club made a somewhat comical bid of £40,000,001 in an attempt to buy the Uruguayan out of a mystery clause in his contract.
His 31 Premier League goals pushed Liverpool within one game of lifting the title for the first time in 24 years, earning him both the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards.
Gerrard said: “I would have been really sad and disappointed to see Luis 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 – I knew he was going to win them – I told him Real or Barcelona will come for you.”
Suarez’s antics during the World Cup this summer were seemingly the last straw for Liverpool, who accepted a bid from Barcelona in the region of £75 million – a club whom he always had designs on joining, according to Gerrard.
Since then, Liverpool have been on an ambitious mission to replace his mercurial talents with players from QPR and Southampton. Something tells me Arsenal isn’t the only club Suarez is ‘too good’ for, ay Stevie?