Luis Suarez has finally explained why he wanted to leave Liverpool for Arsenal in 2013, when the Gunners made their famous £40,000,001 offer for the Uruguay.
Suarez spent three years at Anfield after joining the club from Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam in 2011.
While the forward was impressive during his spell on Merseyside, there was a period when he tried to secure a move to fellow Premier League club Arsenal before the start of the 2013/14 season, and he has now revealed what his thinking at the time was.
"I think I'd been at Liverpool for a year and a half when Brendan [Rodgers] took charge in July 2012," Suarez said to UEFA.com.
"Back then, I had opportunities to sign for other clubs who were getting in contact with me, but he phoned me when I was in Uruguay on holiday, to tell me that he had another way of thinking, that he wanted to change the club and its philosophy, that he wanted the club to get back in the Champions League and fight to win big trophies, that he was going to make the team play great football.
"He asked me to believe and trust him. I enjoyed that chat. I liked his conviction, the philosophy he wanted to implement at the club, so I talked to my agent and the club to say that I didn't want to leave, that I wanted another opportunity to be successful at Liverpool.
"That year wasn't as good as we wanted, but ideas were already pretty clear. So then the 2012/13 season goes by, and I wanted to sign for Arsenal, since Arsenal had played in the Champions League every season prior to that."
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