Gerrard hopes to convince Suarez to stay at Liverpool

The Anfield stalwart has once more stressed the importance that Suarez is not sold, and stated he will try to convince the striker to stay.

The Luis Suarez transfer saga is at something of a hiatus with a round of international football breaking up the tension back in Merseyside. Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool are staying resolute in their efforts to keep the Uruguayan at Anfield, while the player dreams of a move to a team in the Champions League.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has stressed Suarez’s importance to a team that is desperate to get back into the top four mix, and urged his club not to sell the South American before the transfer window closes.

“It’s very important he stays. He is one of the best players in the world,” Gerrard said while on international duty for England. “I can understand why clubs are showing an interest in him.

“If I can use my influence to make him stay I will. I love playing with him and I don’t want him to go.

“For Liverpool to be successful and move forward we have to keep our best players. I don't know what will happen in the next two weeks. I'm really confident he won't move to anyone else in England.”

Gerrard will understand Suarez’s motivations to leave. The home-grown hero once or twice in his earlier days flirted with the idea of leaving Anfield for a team in the trophy mix, with Chelsea and other top English and European clubs looking to pry him away from his boyhood club.

Gerrard made the decision to stay out of loyalty to Liverpool – to the city, the club and the area in which he is from. Suarez, although indebted to the Reds for bringing him to England and supporting him through a number of controversies, does not have the same loyalty for obvious reasons.

Suarez has stated that his number one priority is to play Champions League football, which is more than understandable. The difference is that in his time at Liverpool, Steven Gerrard has won the Champions League – a feat that now seems a million miles away for a Reds side looking to merely qualify for the tournament, nevermind win it.

Gerrard is right when he says that Suarez is an important man for the club, and the chances of Liverpool getting back into the Champions League mix will be boosted should the South American be persuaded, or forced, to stay.

His comments will not be good news for Arsenal, with it appearing that Liverpool will take stringent action to avoid a sale to another Premier League side.

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