Last Updated: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:14
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has admitted that he expected striker Luis Suarez to leave the club in the summer.
The Uruguayan has just completed a 10-match ban for biting, which began back in April, and Gerrard says he was expecting his team-mate to move on every day over the summer.
Arsenal made a significant bid of £40,000,001 and Suarez himself looked to be pushing for a move - his preferred destination was Real Madrid - but Spain's capital club never followed up any initial interest.
The 26-year-old has since returned to Brendan Rodgers's side with a bang, including a brace at Sunderland on Sunday, but Gerrard has admitted that he expected him to leave.
"When you have a player as good as Luis Suarez, you know that the big clubs are going to want him," he told the Telegraph. "I was waking up every morning, hoping that nothing would happen and that he would still be here.
"Nobody tried harder than me to make him 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.
"When the club got the message to him that they were not going to sell him, he got his head down and has worked hard. He has never given us a moment's problem."
"I think it is a credit to Luis for the way he has come back. A lot of players who have been in his position might have come back and spat the dummy out, not trying for the team," added the Anfield hero.
"But he is not that type of guy. He realised that the club wanted to keep him and he has respected their decision. He is here now and he wants to stay. He wants to achieve something this season and he looks as hungry as he has ever done."
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