Luis Suarez has been speaking to Liverpool about his former teammate and club legend Steven Gerrard, and revealed he taught him a thing or two about staying focused.
The Barcelona striker left the club in 2013 to embark on a new chapter alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar at the Nou Camp, but reflects fondly on his three-and-a-half year stint at Anfield.
Suarez was known for being an unbelievable footballer, but at times allowed his volatile character to creep into his game, but Suarez says the interventions of captain Gerrard – who takes charge of the Reds’ U18s in the upcoming season – helped him learn to keep a lid on things.
As quoted by the club’s official website, he said: “For the things he taught me as a teammate, for many different things really. If at some moment I’d react angrily at having had a bad game or after a defeat, he’d come over and have a quiet word, he’d back you and always give you sound advice.
“This is something that helped me a huge amount, as well as the time I mentioned before when I was on about leaving and he came over and chatted to me and advised me. I don’t need to thank him because he already knows just how superbly well he treated me.”
When asked if Gerrard had influenced him as a man, the Uruguayan added: “Yes, because of how he was as a person.
“The way he dealt with things, difficult situations, how he was with his teammates and the club. Many times he’d be carrying an injury but he’d just play through that because the team needed him. That’s the best example of being a captain that I’ve seen in my career.”
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