Luis Suarez was persuaded to snub a transfer to Arsenal after an impassioned plea from his former captain Steven Gerrard.
The Uruguay international had his heart set on a move to north London after Arsene Wenger sanctioned an audacious £40,000,001 offer which prompted Liverpool owner John W. Henry to infamously tweet ‘What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?’
Suarez threatened to go on strike but was talked down by Gerrard before enjoying a prolific campaign, spearhead a Liverpool strike-force that came within a whisker of winning a first Premier League title.
‘We qualified for the UEFA Europa League but the season ended badly,’ Suarez told Otro.
‘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 in 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.
‘They were words from a true captain that had an impact in that moment and helped me a lot.’
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