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Steven Gerrard speaks about the Suarez situation

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been speaking about the ongoing situation surrounding Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez’s future at the Anfield club. Gerrard, speaking to the Liverpool Echo ahead of his testimonial match against Olympiakos this weekend, spoke of how he’s been trying to persuade Suarez that his future lies at Liverpool, and explained that the Uruguayan’s decision is key to Liverpool’s chances this season.

Gerrard described Suarez as “the third best player in the world” and went on to say “you’ve got Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who are on a different planet then you’ve got Suarez and Gareth Bale.” He expressed his concerns that if a player of that quality should leave the club and go to one of their direct rivals in the English Premier League then it would complicate things for Liverpool, saying “if he goes to Arsenal, it obviously makes our season that bit more difficult, it strengthens them an awful lot and they are our rivals for a top four position. From the club’s point of view it doesn’t make sense at all, no matter how much money is put on the table. Luis wants Champions League but so do I. If he was to stay around for twelve months and we achieved a top four finish, there is no better place in the world to play Champions League football than in front of an Anfield crowd.”

If Suarez is to eventually leave then Gerrard would like to see him go to one of the big two in Spain and would understand if that’s where he sees his future as with the majority of world class Spanish speaking players. However, he hopes to convince his team mate that it’s worth staying with Liverpool for at least another season to spearhead their Champions League qualification efforts and get back into Europe’s top club competition with his current employers. He feels that the squad isn’t far off the level needed to get back into the top four and said “if we get the couple of marquee signings we need and keep Luis that will give me confidence that we can compete. Keeping Luis could be our best signing of the summer”, so he remains hopeful of further top class arrivals at Anfield before the transfer window closes and thinks that those additions to the squad could help swing Suarez’s decision towards staying put. Suarez is expected to feature in the team for Gerrard’s testimonial.

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