Liverpool goal machine Luis Suarez has pin pointed Steven Gerrard as the main reason he remained at the club after a summer of speculation linking him away.
TalkSPORT reports that Suarez, who was strongly linked with both Arsenal and Real Madrid in the transfer window, believes the Reds' skipper was massively influential in his decision to stay at Anfield.
Gerrard has previously admitted to doing his best to convince Suarez that his future was at the Merseyside and was publicly open about having held talks with the Uruguayan to help shift his choice in Liverpool's favour.
Suarez has recently returned from the ten game ban incurred for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, and now looks set to stay for the foreseeable future, despite initially wanting to leave in the summer.
On the subject of Gerrard's involvement in his decision, Suarez said: "I do not know if he prayed but what he said is what he feels because he was talking to me all the time.
"Gerrard, for me, is a legend in Liverpool and a great team-mate that helped me a lot.
"His attitude was an extra boost for me to take the decision to stay in Liverpool; both he and the fans of Liverpool influenced much for that.
The 26-year-old then went on to laud the England captain as the greatest player he has ever played with at club level, and revealed that he admires him on a personal level.
"I admire him for the great player he is worldwide. For me he will always be a benchmark and at club level he is the best player I have played with in my career, as a person and as a footballer," Suarez said.
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