Atletico Madrid forward Luis Suarez has admitted that he wanted to leave Liverpool to join Arsenal in 2013 because he wanted to play in the Champions League.
The Uruguay international joined the Reds in 2011 and spent three years there before signing forBarcelona
The player himself now admits that he had wanted to make the switch from Anfield to the Emirates back in 2013, having grown frustrated with his side’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.
"I think I'd been at Liverpool for a year and a half when Brendan [Rodgers] took charge in July 2012,"
he told toUEFA.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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