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I thought Suarez would leave Liverpool - Gerrard

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Steven Gerrard spent the summer thinking he had played his last game alongside Luis Suarez © PA Photos
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Steven Gerrard has admitted he thought Luis Suarez would leave Liverpool "every day" in the summer but has praised the Uruguayan for the way he responded after his ban.

Suarez was linked with a move to several high profile clubs following frequent transfer speculation throughout the off-season, while Arsenal also had bids rejected for the 26-year-old.

On his first league game since completing a ten-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in April, Suarez scored a double in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light - earning high praise from boss Brendan Rodgers.

However, Gerrard revealed he spent his summer thinking he had played his last game alongside the striker, but praised Suarez for working hard in his return.

"When you have a player as good as Luis Suarez, you know that the big clubs are going to want him," Gerrard 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.

"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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