Before becoming one of Barcelona’s biggest recent idols, Luis Suarez excelled at Anfield and made a name for himself as one of the deadliest scorers in the world.
Nonetheless, the Uruguayan striker was pretty close to completing a move from Liverpool to Arsenal back in 2013, something that could’ve turned around his career completely.
Suarez was heavily under fire because of his infamous racial altercation with Patrice Evra, as well as the footage of him biting Branislav Ivanovic, so people speculated the scorer was trying to get out of Anfield.
The Gunners made a £40,000,001 bid to trigger his contract and even though the Reds were unwilling to make a deal with the London side, Suarez was believed to force a move to join Arsene Wenger’s team.
Enter Steven Gerrard. Liverpool’s longtime captain played a key role in convincing Suarez to stay put at Merseyside, according to Suarez himself.
“I’m about to go to Arsenal, forcing myself to go, and Steven tells me ‘I promise that if you stay this year you’re going to take off and next year you’ll go to Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid or whichever one you want, but stay this year because you won’t be better off at Arsenal’. This was the last conversation I had with Gerrard at that moment and I told my agent that I had made my decision and I was staying. His words convinced me at that moment. They came from a person who cared for me, who wanted my well-being, who saw me suffer during training and saw me sad. They were words from a true captain that had an impact at that moment and helped me a lot,” Suarez told Goal.
Gerrard eventually lived up to his word and Suarez made a move to Camp Nou right after the 2014 World Cup and the rest, as you know, is history.