Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard thought that Luis Suarez was on his way out of the club during the summer.
Suarez, who was the subject of two bids from Arsenal, and was constantly being linked with Real Madrid, was Liverpool's best player last season scoring 23 goals.
And if the Merseyside club is to try and challenge for the title this year, they will need him to be at his absolute best.
He recently returned from a 10-match suspension, after having bitten Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Gerrard, who has established a blind partnership with the forward, reflected his thoughts on Suarez' possible departure from Anfield.
Asked whether he thought he had played his last game with Suarez, Gerrard replied: "Every day in the summer."
"When you have a player as good as Luis Suarez, you know that the big clubs are going to want him."
Gerrard also added that he 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 would be."
"He is a special type of footballer and he gives us something different."
Livepool will feel extremely fortunate to have kept that talismanic forward, despite the controversy which has surrounded him throughout his stay at Anfield.
Both parties will be hoping to make that a thing of the past and move on from here.
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