Luis Suarez: Steven Gerrard told me not to join Arsenal

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Luis Suarez has sensationally revealed that Steven Gerrard was the man that talked him out of joining Arsenal after Arsene Wenger tried to sign the Barcelona striker during his time at Liverpool.

The Uruguay international came close to quitting Anfield in favour of securing a surprise switch to the Emirates Stadium in the summer of 2013, and only after extensive talks with his former team-mate did he decide to remain on Merseyside.

Of course, Suarez's stay was ultimately short-lived after he swapped the Premier League for La Liga last summer, seizing the opportunity to play alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar at Camp Nou.

However, the South American marksman's career could've turned out very differently had he not followed the advice of the inspirational Reds skipper, who played an instrumental role in the 28-year-old's decision to reject advances from the Gunners.

Explaining in a radio interview with Spain's popular Cadena COPE show, Suarez paid tribute to the soon-to-be-departing Liverpool captain, and credited the veteran midfielder with helping to guide him along the right path that eventually took him to Barcelona.

"Gerrard taught me a lot, helped me make decisions, when I thought I was doing things wrong, he helped me realise I was right," he reflected. "He knew a lot about football.

"When I had the chance to join Arsenal, he told me not to. Gestures like that from him really helped me a lot."

Things haven't worked out too badly for the free-scoring forward, who now forms part of one of the most feared front-lines in world football.

Suarez made a modest start to life with the Catalan giants, missing the early part of the season after serving a lengthy FIFA suspension. He took a little while to get going again but has contributed 16 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions since late October.

He netted a brace in Wednesday's emphatic 4-0 victory over Almeria to make it nine goals scored in his past nine games for Luis Enrique's side, and he'll be hoping to finish his debut campaign on a high by helping Barcelona towards the domestic title.

They currently hold a four-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, and are still involved in both the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, meaning they're on course for a domestic and European treble.

Comparing Barcelona's season to that of Arsenal's and it seems Suarez has a much better chance of winning lots of trophies with his current club, rather than what he would've probably achieved in north London.

Do you think Luis Suarez made the right decision turning down the chance to sign for Arsenal? Or would he have been better to ignore Steven Gerrard's advice and push for a transfer to the Emirates? Share your thoughts below...

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