Cape Town – Luis Suarez has publicly acknowledged that if it
was not for Steven Gerrard he would have been at Arsenal instead of Barcelona.
According to the Independent, Suarez has thanked Gerrard for
talking him out of moving to the Emirates after the Gunners put a £40m plus £1
bid for the former Liverpool striker.
"It would have been a big error that I would have made
had it not been for Steven Gerrard,” said Suarez in his recently released book, Luis
Suarez: Crossing the Line.
"We spoke about this when I went to Melwood 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.'
Gerrard had openly said, after Suarez’s £75m move to
Barcelona, that Suarez’s “dream” was to play for either Real Madrid or
Barcelona when he first arrived at Anfield.
The Liverpool skipper also admitted that the forward is “too
good” to join Arsenal and Suarez revealed that Gerrard told him to wait another
"He [Gerrard] had told me 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," said Suarez.