Steven Gerrard claims he turned down the chance of a move from Liverpool last season

Steven Gerrard: Rebuffed the opportunity to leave Liverpool last year

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Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has revealed he turned down a move to a Champions League club last term - and he is urging Luis Suarez to do the same.

The 33-year-old insists he was the subject of a bid from an unnamed club, but admits he was not interested in quitting the Reds.

"I had a chance to leave last year," the England international said.

"It was for a club in the Champions League, not a Premier League club, but I wasn't tempted. I've been through that before."

And Gerrard, who was once a target of Chelsea, wants Suarez to remain at Anfield despite two bids from Arsenal.

"I had a chance to leave last year. It was for a club in the Champions League, not a Premier League club, but I wasn't tempted. I've been through that before."

Steven Gerrard

Gerrard said: "I think the only person who knows what's happening is Luis himself.

"He has a huge decision to make and, as his team-mate, I have to show him respect and give him space to make whatever decision he wants to make.

"But I think everyone knows how highly I rate him and how much I want him to stay."

Speaking ahead of Saturday's testimonial against Olympiacos, Gerrard added: "While I've still got a couple of years left - and maybe a few more - I have to make the most of it. And that is about adding more medals to what I already have and to leave this club in the Champions League. That is the challenge for me personally.

"It is not the same club because we are not in the Champions League, so it becomes an awful lot more difficult to attract the top players.

"But I think the club's history and size - we've just been on a tour which has seen us play in front of nearly a quarter of a million people in 10 days - means the pull is still here.

"We need to break back into the top four to get back the pull we had four or five years ago when we were comfortably in the Champions League year in, year out and challenging to win it.

"Players who come and get the club back into the Champions League will experience some of the biggest nights of their career, because playing European football in front of this crowd is different to any other."