Barcelona play their first match in the International Champions Cup on Tuesday against Gerrard’s Los Angeles Galaxy.
And the midfielder, who played with Suarez at Liverpool between 2011 and 2014, seeing the Uruguayan score 82 goals in 133 appearances, was full of praise.
“I don’t think anyone ever looks forward to playing against Luis Suarez, he is a fantastic talent and a very dangerous player,” Gerrard told Barcelona’s website.
“He is a fantastic team-mate, probably the best player I have played with,” he added.
“He’s a good guy, a family man away from the pitch, we keep in touch and have supported each other throughout our careers.”
After a slow start following his Barca debut in the La Liga ‘Clasico’ against Real Madrid last October, Suarez started to come into top form around the turn of the year, and became a key component of Luis Enrique’s treble-winning side.
“For the first few matches, I was lacking rhythm,” Suarez told reporters after a training session in the US.
“That’s what pre-seasons are for, to work and try to contribute from the start.
“This year, starting at the same pace as my team mates, it will be different.”