Luis Suarez revealed Steven Gerrard was the brain behind his failed move to Arsenal in the summer of 2013.
The Uruguayan striker became a sensation at Merseyside after joining from Ajax. Under the management of Sir Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool went on to win the Carling Cup back in 2012.
But the lack of Champions League football forced his hands to seek a move to Arsenal, only for the Reds to reject the move.
The decision became more complicated after Arsenal tabled £40m which was insufficient to activate his release clause.
Liverpool held on to one of their most prized assets but it was Steven Gerrard who weaved the magic by encouraging him to stay one more season before leaving.
“We qualified for the UEFA Europa League but the season ended badly,” Suarez told Otro and cited via Sky.
“I’m about to go to Arsenal, forcing myself to go, and Steven tells me ‘I promise that if you stay this year you’re going to take off and next year you’ll go to Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid or whichever one you want, but stay this year because you won’t be better off at Arsenal’.”
“This was the last conversation I had with Gerrard at that moment and I told my agent that I had made my decision and I was staying.
“His words convinced me at that moment. They came from a person who cared for me, who wanted my well-being, who saw me suffer during training and saw me sad.
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“They were words from a true captain that had an impact in that moment and helped me a lot.”
The Reds went on to challenge for the Premier League title the following season but fell short along the line towards the tail end of the season.
Suarez completed a move to Barca after the World Cup back in 2014.