Steven Gerrard: 'Arsenal not a step up for Luis Suarez'

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard urges Luis Suarez not to make a sideways step in his career.

Steven Gerrard has urged Luis Suarez to stay at Liverpool this season and insists that joining Arsenal would not be a move in the right direction.

Arsenal bid £40,000,001 for the striker earlier in the summer, which was dismissed by Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.

Gerrard believes that moving to the Gunners would be a sideways step for Suarez, but reveals that there are a few clubs he might consider leaving for.

"I don't want to disrespect Arsenal because they are a fantastic club, but I don't see joining them as being a step forward for Luis," he told The Mirror.

"There are only really two or three clubs he should leave this football club for if he is taking a step forward.

"If we don't qualify for the ­Champions League this ­season he can go to Real Madrid, ­Barcelona or Bayern Munich – and he can go with his head held high."

Gerrard also said that it was important that Suarez did not ruin his relationship with Liverpool's supporters.

He added: "I understand we're a little bit off the Champions League here at the moment, but I think he would ruin the relationship he has got with the supporters here if he went to another ­English club."

Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax in 2011.

Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park in Birmingham on August 24, 2013
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