Gerrard hails 'special' Suarez
By Football News
Steven Gerrard has lauded Luis Suarez for his attitude after the striker failed to secure a close-season move away from Liverpool.
Suarez was eager to leave for a club playing UEFA Champions League football before the start of the 2013-14 campaign, with Liverpool rejecting two bids for him from Premier League rivals Arsenal.
However, the Uruguay international remained at Anfield and marked his return to league action after his 10-match ban with two goals in his side's 3-1 win at Sunderland on Sunday.
And Liverpool captain Gerrard has praised the 26-year-old - who has scored 53 goals in 98 appearances for the club since signing from Ajax in January 2011 - for the way he has conducted himself since returning to the first-team fold.
"I think it is a credit to Luis for the way he has come back," said Gerrard.
"A lot of players who have been in his position might have come back and spat the dummy out, not trying for the team. 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."
Gerrard went on to describe Suarez as a "special" talent, admitting he was worried "every day" about his team-mate's future throughout the close-season.
"When you have a player as good as Luis Suarez, you know that the big clubs are going to want him," the England skipper added.
"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."
Liverpool sit second in the Premier League after losing just one of their opening six games, and Gerrard believes Brendan Rodgers' side can compete at the top of the division throughout the season.
"I know what this team is capable of," the 33-year-old stated.
"The main thing for us is to keep fighting and show that we are capable of staying in these positions to around Christmas time and then we will see where that takes us."