Liverpool hitman Luis Suarez has revealed that it was thanks to Steven Gerrard’s influence that he remained at the club past the summer, according to the Mirror.
The Uruguayan forward, who is currently enjoying perhaps the best season of his career, was widely tipped to leave Liverpool before the start of this season, with Arsenal and Real Madrid both keen on recruiting him.
And far from refuting claims that he was on the verge of leaving the club, Suarez has admitted that it took words from his captain to convince him that his future would be brighter on Merseyside than anywhere else.
The 27-year-old, who has scored 23 goals in 26 games already this term, is said to have told FourFourTwo: “[Gerrard] Played a massive part in convincing me to stay.
"He didn't talk about me, or through me, in the press, but in person.
"In those moments I forgot that he was 'world football great Gerrard', a Liverpool legend, but as a humble person who spoke to me with all his heart for hours.
"He said I was the best forward he'd ever played with, which given the amazing strikers that he's played with at Liverpool, was amazing for me to hear. I'll never forget that."
Suarez penned a new four-and-a-half year with the Reds in December, which has quelled the speculation that he will be jumping ship anytime soon.
Real Madrid are thought to have retained a vague interest, but it appears that once again Gerrard was there when Liverpool needed him most.