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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted that he thought Luis Suarez would leave the club during the summer.
Suarez went public with his desire for a transfer in May, with Arsenal subsequently making two bids to sign him.
Liverpool, though, were adamant in their refusal to sell a striker who is under contract until 2016, and who was their leading scorer last season with 30 goals.
The 26-year-old ended up staying at Anfield and marked his return to Premier League action after a ten-match domestic ban by scoring twice in Sunday's 3-1 victory at Sunderland.
Gerrard, 33, has revealed that he worked over the summer to convince the Uruguay international to stay at Anfield.
The England captain told the Guardian: "Nobody tried harder than me to do that 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."
But asked if he thought at any point that he had seen the last of Suarez in a Liverpool shirt, Gerrard said: "Every day in the summer. When you have a player as good as Luis Suarez, you know that the big clubs are going to want him. I was waking up every morning, hoping that nothing would happen and that he would still be here."
Gerrard praised the forward for his attitude since reconciling himself to staying on.
"I think you have to give credit to Luis for the way he has come back.," he added. "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."