Luis Suarez hails Steven Gerrard's Liverpool career

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Luis Suarez believes Steven Gerrard's ability to lead on the pitch is a significant factor on why he has been so great down the years, reports Liverpool's official site.

Gerrard played his final game for Liverpool during their shock 6-1 defeat to Stoke City last weekend and made 710 appearances for the Reds during a 17 year career. 

The 34-year-old has been dubbed as the Premier League's best ever player by many and a host of players including Zinedine Zidane, Hernan Crespo and Jose Mourinho have all paid homage to the midfielder.

Suarez played alongside Gerrard for thee-and-a-half seasons at the Merseyside club and the pair captured the League Cup in 2012 under Kenny Dalglish.

The Huyton-born centre-midfielder has been the heartbeat of the Liverpool team for the majority of his Anfield life and Suarez feels privileged to have played alongside the former England captain.

"Not just on the pitch, but outside the dressing room he is one of the best because he is so kind,"  the Uruguayan said during a LFCTV documentary on Gerrard.

"When he shouts, it's because what he says is true. He's one of the best because everybody knows he helped me a lot in my career.

"It was a dream for me [to play with Gerrard], because he is one of the best players in the world.

"I had watched him on TV and it was a dream to play with him at Liverpool. It was a pleasure to be on the pitch with Stevie."

Gerrard Success

Gerrard leaves Liverpool for MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy where he will begin his new chapter of his career.

Over the years, he has accumulated a number of trophies at Anfield which will all bring him fond memories. 2005's Champions League triumph will likely always be head and shoulders above the rest. Liverpool's comeback when 3-0 down to AC Milan at half-time was fairytale-like and Gerrard's header to give his side a lifeline gave his team-mates and the army of Kopites in Istanbul belief they could lift the European Cup.

The FA Cup, UEFA Cup and League Cup treble winning season in 2001 will also stand out for him. That was the season when Gerrard truly emerged into the limelight and become a key player in Gerard Houllier's side and also established himself as an England international.

One thing that Gerrard did not ever win, however, was the league title. He finished with a runners-up medal on three occasions, most recently in 2014 when Liverpool were just pipped to the title by Manchester City. 

It was a superb effort from the Reds last season who defied all odds to go so close to topping the Premier League title but come up short by just two points.

And Suarez feels that his former side went agonisingly close to aid Gerrard to lift the top-flight trophy for the first time.

Last season was brilliant," the Barcelona striker added.

"We tried our best to help Liverpool get back into the Champions League and also when we had a really good chance to win the Premier League it was for Stevie.

"Because he played in England for many years and never won the league - it's a little strange.

"He needed to win it and when we lost the title, it was sad for us and for him. But I think it was one of the best years for Stevie as well."

Move Away

Over his career, Gerrard had many chances to leave Anfield and win the league-title elsewhere.

Following Liverpool's Champions League triumph in 2005, there was plenty of speculation he was joining Chelsea. Nonetheless, he opted to stay at his boyhood club instead of moving to Stamford Bridge where he would have won the league that year.

Mourinho spoke about trying to sign Gerrard when in charge of Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid and he would have captured a league title at all of those clubs. However, his loyalty to Liverpool was too much and continued to play for the club he grew up adoring.

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