LONDON (REUTERS) - Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has urged Luis Suarez to shun suitors Arsenal, saying a move to their Premier League rivals would not represent a step up for the unsettled Uruguayan.
Suarez has been the subject of two bids from the north London club, the second an eye-catching £40,000,001 (S$76.7 million).
Gerrard believes Arsenal are one of three clubs in a tussle for fourth place and a spot in the Champions League alongside Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
"I don't think Arsenal is a step up," he said in the Daily Telegraph on Thursday.
"Us, Arsenal and Tottenham are fighting for one of the Champions League places. In an ideal scenario we keep Suarez, make one or two more signings and Tottenham lose (Gareth) Bale.
"Of course, we're slightly behind the big three (Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea), who are powerhouses at the moment.
"I don't want to disrespect Arsenal. They're a wonderful club with a manager who I've an awful amount of respect for and they have talented players throughout the team. But so have we.
"We've got just as good a chance of achieving things as Arsenal have."