Steven Gerrard convinced Luis Suarez to reject Arsenal

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed how he persuaded Luis Suarez to turn down Arsenal as he felt the Uruguayan was 'too good' for the north London club.

Suarez left Liverpool this summer in a £75m move to Spanish giants Barcelona on the back of a 31 goal season which saw him pick up a host of individual accolades.

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The striker was subject of a £40m bid from Arsenal last summer and Gerrard has revealed that he played a major part in persuading his then club mate to turn down the overtures of a move to the capital.

Gerrard told reporters: "His dream all along from the first day he came was to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona.

"I said, Don't go to Arsenal. With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal.

"I said, 'If you score 30 goals for us and win the PFA Player of the Year, the press Player of the Year, they (Barcelona and Real Madrid) will come back for you'.

"I have experience of those clubs myself and I know if you play well they will come back and come back. So I knew they'd be back for him as well."

Greatest ever

Whilst admitting he was sad to see Suarez, described by Gerrard as the greatest player he had ever played with, leave the club, the Liverpool skipper holds not grudges against his former team mate.

He added: "My big dream was to play for Liverpool, and the foreign players' big dream is to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona - that's a fact.

"You can't go against him when he says he is leaving for Barcelona, but I'd have been disappointed if he had left and gone to Arsenal."

Premier League title challenge

Despite the loss of Suarez, Gerrard still believes there is enough quality in the Liverpool squad to mount another serious challenge for the Premier League title, after going agonizingly close last time around.

He said: "I still believe we can be involved in the title race. I believe if we had Luis Suarez we'd be favourites. We played some incredible stuff last season and we are a very, very good side - don't forget that."

Liverpool kick off their season at home to Southampton on Sunday August 17th.

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