Luis Suarez has words of praise for Steven Gerrard on the way he led Liverpool as captain during his playing days and believes he can transpose his leadership skills onto his new job as U18 manager.
When Liverpool sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014 it broke the hearts of many supporters but the Uruguayan is still highly regarded by many fans and he clearly still maintains his love for the club.
Speaking to LFCTV recently, as part of their ‘What LFC Means To Me’ series, Luis Suarez has opened up on a number of topics including the impact his captain and friend Steven Gerrard had on his career.
Liverpool’s legendary no.8 has taken up a place in the Academy he once played in as a coach and is currently guiding the U18s through pre-season for the first time.
Suarez believes his former skipper will be a hit, saying: “I don’t think he would have a problem [as a coach].
“But I reckon that in that game when he just came back [in the Liverpool Legends’ match against Real Madrid in March], he showed that he still had the quality to keep playing, even at Liverpool! That’s because he’s a player who still can make the difference.”
Gerrard never played for another English or European club as he chose to move to LA Galaxy for the final two years of his career to avoid the possibility of playing against his boyhood team.
This loyalty and dedication is admired by Suarez.
The Barcelona forward said: “Gerrard has gone down in history at Liverpool for the love he has always shown for the team and for the city. He’s never wanted to move anywhere else, and he’s a real example, a role model on the world stage.”
Suarez also hails Gerrard’s influence on him as both a professional footballer and a man.
The Uruguayan continued: “Also 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.”