Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has revealed that he feared star striker Luis Suarez would leave the club in the summer.
The maverick striker expressed his desire to leave the club in the summer and was chased by Arsenal and Real Madrid, with the former lodging two unsuccessful bids for the Uruguayan.
Liverpool were steadfast in their decision of not allowing Suarez to leave and although the striker tried to engineer a move forcefully but in the end he stayed back at the club. Gerrard has always backed Suarez thick and thin and wanted him to stay right from the beginning. He said as quoted in the BBC:
“Nobody tried harder than me to make him stay and he knows exactly what I think of him,” said Gerrard.
“I knew if we could keep him here, the better our chances would be.
“He is a special type of footballer and he gives us something different.
“When the club got the message to him that they were not going to sell him, he got his head down and has worked hard. He has never given us a moment’s problem.
“I think it is a credit to Luis for the way he has come back. A lot of players who have been in his position might have come back and spat the dummy out, not trying for the team. But he is not that type of guy.
“He realised that the club wanted to keep him and he has respected their decision. He is here now and he wants to stay. He wants to achieve something this season and he looks as hungry as he has ever done.”
Suarez returned to the Liverpool starting line-up after serving his 10-match ban, when he started in the Reds’ 1-0 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Manchester United in the Capital One Cup.
However, he made his first return to the Premier League this Sunday against Sunderland and bagged a brace, as Liverpool moved 2nd in the league, behind Arsenal.