Luis Suarez relieved he did not join Arsenal

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Luis Suarez has thanked his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard for persuading him not to sign for Arsenal in the summer of 2013.

Suarez says Gerrard told him to stay at Liverpool for another season, continue to prove his class, and then secure a move to a top European club, instead of joining the ‘inferior’ Gunners.

And that’s precisely what happened. Barcelona signed Suarez in the summer after another magnificent season with Liverpool, in which he scored 31 goals in 33 Premier League appearances.

Suarez quotes from autobiography

Suarez is quoted in his new autobiography by Spanish newspaper Sport as claiming that his proposed move to Arsenal, who attempted to trigger a £40 million-release clause in the striker’s contract, would have been a huge mistake.

"It would have been a big error that I would have made had it not been for Steven Gerrard," he said. "We spoke about this when I went to Melwood [Liverpool's training ground] to pick up my things at the end of the summer and he said: 'You did the right thing, you waited until the best moment.'

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"He had told me [the previous summer] to play well for Liverpool, give it another year and it will be Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Barcelona coming for you and then you can go where you want, because you have the quality to play at any of those three clubs."

Suarez demanded transfer in 2013

Suarez stunned Liverpool by demanding a transfer in the summer of 2013 and was prepared to join Arsenal due to the fact they were a club competing in the Champions League.

Despite inspiring Liverpool to a place in Europe’s premier club competition less than a year later - and despite the fact he signed a long-term contract with the Reds in December - Suarez jumped at the chance to join Barcelona when the Catalan giants came knocking after the World Cup finals.

Suarez was banned until October 25 after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup in Brazil, but made his debut in the recent Clasico against Real Madrid.

Suarez flourishing; Liverpool struggling

While Suarez has yet to score a goal for his new employers, he has made an impact in the form of three assists, including two during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Almeria.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are struggling to cope without their talismanic forward. Brendan Rodgers’ side have struggled, both in the Premier League and Champions League, with summer signing Mario Balotelli still looking for his first league goal following his £16 million move from AC Milan.

Gerrard himself has also recently been linked with a move away from Anfield at the end of the season, with Premier League champions Manchester City reportedly keen on the ex-England international.

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