Luis Suarez: Steven Gerrard told me not to sign for Arsenal

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Uruguay and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez came close to joining the Gunners, but was advised not to by his former Liverpool captain.

28-year-old striker Luis Suarez seemed to leave Liverpool under a cloud, following the biting incident at the 2014 World Cup which earned him a global ban, before he headed for a blockbuster move to Barcelona last summer.

During a Spanish radio interview with the popular Cadena COPE show, 'El Partido de las 12' (translated by Heath Chesters/HITC), the Uruguayan was asked the simple question: Who is the best? Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? With no pause, he immediately responded: "Messi".

The next question was just as simply put forth: Messi or Gerrard? - in relation to who is the better team-mate. Beginning with the Argentine maestro, Suarez explained: "Honestly, for the short time I've been with Leo, he's proven to be a great friend, as well as being the player everyone knows he is."

However, when it came to his former Liverpool colleague, Suarez pointed out: "For all his experience and what that means; Gerrard. He taught me a lot, helped me make decisions, when I thought I was doing things wrong, he helped me realise I was right. He knew a lot about football."

When it comes to advice imparted by Gerrard, Suarez revealed one piece in particular: "When I had the chance to join Arsenal, he told me not to. Gestures like that from him really helped me a lot."

Of course, Arsenal missed out on signing Suarez before he moved from Ajax to Liverpool, then showed further interest in 2013, and have since been linked again with the Uruguayan as recently as January 2015, according to the Express. There seems little likelihood now, though, that Arsene Wenger and the Gunners will ever secure his services.

Given the reaction of the English press to the infamous biting incidents, Suarez was asked if he was sick of their reactions when he left Liverpool. He suggested in response: "It's not that I was sick of the English press, but there, in England, the slightest thing about me was made out to be something gigantic."

With that, he pointed towards the feelings of frustration towards the English media, explaining: "I remember that I was at a pretty quiet moment at the start of last season, not really doing anything wrong. I was helping the team, scoring goals, then they started looking at the tiniest of things; like how a team-mate was complaining because I didn't pass him the ball... It was constant and, eventually, there comes a time when you get tired of it all."

As for the now infamous biting incident involving Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, when asked if that was the worst moment of his career, Suarez admitted: "Yes, because I wasn't happy with our group classification and because I had let so many people down, Myself, my country, my wife, my kids... It was the worst moment."

After all the fallout from the World Cup, followed then by the headline move from Liverpool to Barcelona when the playing ban finally ended, Suarez was asked if he felt any anxiety when he returned to action.

He concluded: "It's not really that I was anxious, but rather I felt like I'd won the lottery and that I couldn't really enjoy fulfilling what was a dream. I felt like I'd been invited to play, but little by little, it all came for me. I'd go out there with my team-mates and started feeling more comfortable."

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