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Liverpool news: Luis Suarez reveals how Steven Gerrard convinced him to turn down Arsenal and wait for Barcelona

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The Gunners had famously bid £40million and £1 for the striker in the summer of 2013 Luis Suarez has explained how Steven Gerrard convinced him to not join Arsenal in the summer of 2013.

“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’.



“His words convinced me in that moment.



The striker had scored 23 Premier League goals in the 2012/13 season and only finished behind Robin van Persie who netted 26 times.

Suarez was serving a 10-game ban at the time for biting Branislav Ivanovic in their 2-2 draw with Chelsea and was considering forcing a move to Arsenal who, unlike Liverpool, had Champions League football for the following season.

Since then he scored 172 goals in 236 game and won three LaLiga titles, four Copa Del Reys and the Champions League.

He did win the PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year awards before signing for Barcelona in the summer in a deal worth around £65million.
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