Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says that a move to Arsenal for Luis Suarez wouldn't make sense before insisting the club must keep hold of him.
The Uruguayan has his heart set on a move away from Anfield with the chance to play Champions League football at Arsenal proving too good to turn down.
Arsenal have bid twice for the striker but have seen both rejected. The second, a £40m plus £1 offer, was supposed to trigger a release clause in Suarez's contract but Liverpool are adamant that no such clause exists.
Arsene Wenger has yet to make another move for the player after revealing he was prepared to wait to see the outcome of the legal situation.
Despite his desire to leave, Suarez has yet to submit a formal transfer request or chase legal action with regards to the elusive clause - Liverpool's stubbornness to sell appears to be halting the move.
The Gunners are now thought to be mulling over an increased offer.
Gerrard has now revealed that he believes a move to Arsenal wouldn't make any sense as it would strengthen a team that he considers a main rival for a Champions League place.
He told The Independent: "It's difficult every season to finish in the top four positions because of the power the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have got at the moment.
"The likes of us, Tottenham and Arsenal are fighting to sneak into the other place that's available.
"Where we sit actually right now, it all depends on what decision Luis Suarez makes in the next few weeks. If we lose him then the challenge becomes even more difficult. It's that simple.
"If he goes to Arsenal, it obviously makes our season that little bit more difficult.
"It strengthens them an awful lot and they are our rivals for a top-four position. From the club's point of view it doesn't make sense at all, no matter how much money is put on the table."
The Liverpool captain also said that he would understand if Suarez was to go to Spain to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona.
"If he was to go abroad to a Madrid or Barcelona I would totally understand it. He's a South American. He's good enough to play in either of those teams.
"If I was him I would wait for one of those two clubs because I think he's good enough to play for them."
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