Steven Gerrard told Luis Suarez he was “too good” for Arsenal when the north London club tried to sign him last year.
The Liverpool captain is disappointed that the Uruguyan has signed for Barcelona but is more than happy that he has not joined the Anfield club’s Premier League rivals.
“With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal,” Gerrard told The Telegraph.
“I said if you score 30 goals for us and win the PFA Player of the Year, the press Player of the Year – I knew he was going to win them – I told him Real or Barcelona will come for you.”
The FA Cup winners had tried to invoke the release clause in the striker’s contract and sign him for £40,000,001.
“His wife is from Barcelona and I don’t think you can begrudge a player like that, who has worked so hard for his dream. You can’t go against him when he says he is leaving for Barcelona. His dream from the first day he came was to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Last summer when he was out in the cold and training on his own that’s the conversation I had with him. I said, ‘Don’t go to Arsenal’.”