Gerrard: I asked Suarez to give Liverpool one more season

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has urged Luis Suarez to give the club one more season before leaving next summer.
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Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has urged Luis Suarez to give the club one more season before leaving next summer.

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.”

 
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