Arsenal made two big offers to try and buy Suarez over the summer and the links with Real Madrid were all well publicised but Liverpool fans everywhere breathed a huge sigh of relief when it emerged the striker would stay at the club.
One of the reasons for Suarez staying, getting focused and winning back some admiration from the fans was Steven Gerrard, someone who worked tirelessly on the striker to get him to stay at Anfield.
“When you have a player as good as Luis Suarez, you know that the big clubs are going to want him. I was waking up every morning, hoping that nothing would happen and that he would still be here,” said the Liverpool skipper.
Gerrard has made it clear that he wants to go into management after he retires, with the Liverpool job his ultimate aim.
One of the qualities that any coach or manager needs is the ability to relentlessly work away, trying to get players to stay or convincing them to stay at a club. The old art of man management.
It’s something that Gerrard seems to have in spades. The ability to get the best out of everyone around him, ruling with an iron fist but not being afraid to simply go and talk to a player about a situation.
“Nobody tried harder than me to do that [convince him to stay] and he knows exactly what I think of him. 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,” added Gerrard.
Gerrard’s coaching ambitions will make it very tempting for him to seek initial work away from Liverpool and he could certainly attract a good variety of top clubs that would be interested in working with him.
One way Liverpool could prevent that is by offering him his choice of coaching roles at the club right now, something he can gradually work towards as retirement edges ever closer.
He’s not going to displace Brendan Rodgers, who seems set for a very long stint at the club, but he can build up his coaching and managerial experience inside Liverpool, eventually graduating to a role in the first team.
Liverpool have one of the best youth teams and systems in the country, which could offer Gerrard experience in a coaching sense before he steps up to take control of one of the many gifted sides the club currently has.
This is a player that turned down more cash and ultimately the better chance of winning silverware with Chelsea to remain at Liverpool.
If the club offers him a route into management which is confined inside Anfield, Gerrard is unlikely to turn down that chance and it means the club retains his experience and ability to be the perfect representation of Liverpool.
Can you see Gerrard staying at Liverpool indefinitely?
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