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Steven Gerrard helped stop Luis Suarez joining Arsenal in 2013

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Steven Gerrard has revealed he stepped in to heal the relationship between Brendan Rodgers and Luis Suarez in the summer of 2013.

The former Liverpool captain said communication between the two had completely broken down as the forward wanted to leave Merseyside for Champions League football amid interest from Arsenal.

The Gunners bid £40,000,001 for the Uruguayan - believing they had triggered the release clause in his contract - however, the Emirates club's offer was rejected and the now-Barcelona man stayed at Anfield.

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The LA Galaxy midfielder says he convinced the South American he did not want to join the Gunners - knowing he and his family preferred a move to Barcelona - and helped to mend his relationship with the Northern Irish manager.

"Before the meeting you had Luis Suarez training on his own in the afternoon at Melwood," Gerrard said, as per the Mirror.

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"Brendan’s relationship with Luis had broken down. I don’t think it was Brendan’s fault. Luis wanted to move on, to play Champions League football and he had people in his ear.

"So I think it was just a case of being in the middle and trying to heal that relationship and get him training with the first team again and just chatting to Luis and saying to him, is it Arsenal that you really want or do you want Real Madrid or Barca?

"That was the gist of the conversation because I knew, deep down that him and his family wanted Barcelona rather than Arsenal."

Suarez is remembered fondly by Liverpool fans after he took to club close to their first Premier League title with 31 goals in 33 appearances in the 2013-14 season.

His move to Barcelona following the World Cup has brought the success he craved, with the Catalan club claiming an incredible treble last season.

The Anfield club has failed to recover from the loss of their star striker and Rodgers is coming under incredible pressure after a slow start to the campaign.

As for Arsenal, Suarez would have been a solution to the striking concerns that still plague the Emirates club.

However, Liverpool were always unlikely to sell the 28-year-old to an English rival.

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