Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is a “special type of footballer”, according to Steven Gerrard, who recently spoke of his fear over the transfer speculation linking the player with a move away from the club this summer.
Suarez, who scored two goals in his side’s 3-1 victory over Sunderland at the weekend, recently returned to action after completing a ten-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and Gerrard noted how important the Uruguay international is to Liverpool.
Despite interest from Real Madrid and Arsenal, who reportedly made a £40m and one pound bid for the striker in the summer, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers managed to keep hold of the 26-year-old.
"When you have a player as good as Luis Suarez, you know that the big clubs are going to want him," said Gerrard.
"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 (of succeeding) would be.
Clearly delighted by his Suarez’s decision to stay, Gerrard went on to highlight the Uruguayan’s desire to bring the glory days back to Anfield.
He continued: "He is a special type of footballer and he gives us something different. 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.
"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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