Liverpool captain feared Suarez would leave

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Luis Suarez returned from a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic against arch rivals Manchester United for their Capital One Cup third round defeat last week.

Despite the loss, the Uruguayan was back in form during his Premier League return, in which he scored twice in the Red's 3-1 win against Sunderland.

It looked as though the striker would be leaving Anfield over the summer, with the 26-year-old being linked with Real Madrid and the subject of a £40 million plus bid from Arsenal.

Liverpool, however, managed to keep hold of their star man and club captain Steven Gerrard admits he is a special type of footballer.

"When you have a player as good as Luis Suarez, you know that the big clubs are going to want him," Gerrard, who currently has 98 Premier League goals. told Sky Sports.

"I was waking up every morning, hoping that nothing would happen and that he would still be here.

"Nobody tried harder than me to make him stay and he knows exactly what I think of him. I knew if we could keep him here, the better our chances would be.

"He is a special type of footballer and he gives us something different."

Suarez expressed his desire to leave Anfield more than once in the summer, and claimed the owners had gone back on their promise of not letting him leave if they failed to secure Champions League football.

Despite the clubs refusal to grant Suarez his wish, Gerrard believes it is a credit to the Uruguayan that he has kept his head down and carried on working for the team.

"When the club got the message to him that they were not going to sell him, he got his head down and has worked hard," said the England captain.

"He has never given us a moment's problem. I think it is a credit to Luis for the way he has come back.

"A lot of players who have been in his position might have come back and spat the dummy out, not trying for the team. But he is not that type of guy.

"He realised that the club wanted to keep him and he has respected their decision. He is here now and he wants to stay.

"He wants to achieve something this season and he looks as hungry as he has ever done."

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