Gerrard believes a move to Arsenal will not be a “step forward” for Suarez
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has asked Luis Suarez to show faith in Liverpool the same way the club did in him. Gerrard urged Suarez to stay at Liverpool instead of joining another Premier League club next season. The English skipper insists a move to Arsenal will not be a “step forward” for the Argentinean hit-man.
Suarez, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal for more than half the summer transfer window, agreed to spend another season at Anfield; but only after Liverpool owners refused to sell him to any club.
The 26-year-old striker appears to have settled at Liverpool for the rest of the season, although an away move could be written in the stars next season. Suarez is currently serving ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, but is expected to report to duty in the Capital One Cup clash against archrivals Manchester United later this month.
Gerrard admits that if Liverpool is unable to qualify for the Champions League this season, Suarez will lose faith in the club. However, the 33-year-old midfield veteran has asked the Uruguay international to remain loyal to the Liverpool’s cause till then.
“Luis has got to openly admit this club have stood behind him on a couple of massive occasions and they've rewarded him with new contracts as well,” Gerrard said. “I think he's got to stop and realize that the club have been fair to him.
“He is at the right age, he is going to be fantastic for us if he stays for another year, and he'll have another opportunity to move forward to a club that he deserves to be at.”
Gerrard advised Suarez to move to a top club if did want to leave Liverpool. Gerrard reminded the Suarez about Fernando Torres, who hasn’t been able to make an impact at the club since moving out of Liverpool. Gerrard believes in order to succeed Suarez should commit to a greater cause.
“I didn’t ever think Luis would leave -- well, not to another English club anyway,” Gerrard told the Mirror. “I don’t want to disrespect Arsenal, because they are a fantastic club, but I don’t see joining them as being a step forward for Luis.
“There are only really two or three clubs he should leave this football club for if he is taking a step forward. If we don’t qualify for the Champions League this season he can go to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich -- and he can go with his head held high. The one thing I can assure you, it’s not about money with Luis Suarez.
“I understand we're a little bit off the Champions League here at the moment, but I think he would ruin the relationship he has got with the supporters here if he went to another English club. I saw what happened to Fernando Torres. I didn't want Luis to make the same mistake and that's the advice I gave him. He'll have another chance to move forward to a club that he deserves to be at.”