Fernando Torres: I was lucky to play with Steven Gerrard

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Fernando Torres admits he relished the chance to play alongside Steven Gerrard and described the midfielder as "different" to any other team-mate in his career.

Torres signed for Liverpool in 2007 from Atheletico Madrid for £20 million and netted 65 goals during his time at Anfield.

'El Nino' immediately struck up a positive rapport with Gerrard on arrival and the pair enjoyed a significant amount of success together when combining during the Spaniard's three-and-a-half year period at the Merseyside outfit.

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Under then manager Rafa Benitez, the two helped Liverpool into the semi-final of the Champions League in 2008 and finish runners-up in the league the following season.

And Torres feels that Gerrard is a player who will be irreplaceable at Anfield and has missed playing alongside him in recent years.

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"Stevie always wanted the best players to go to Liverpool because he wants to win and he's not one of those players who has jealousy about the other players coming to the club," the 31-year-old told

"He knows it's going to be different and special for the fans and there's only one Gerrard. When I was there, he always was asking to bring good players.

"I think we learned to play together and every game and every year we were better playing together because we could adapt to a different formation or situations.

"Every training session, we learned something new as a partnership. I learnt a lot from him, not just about football, but how to be a captain.

"Every time he got the ball, I saw the space - and everytime I was on the pitch and he was in the stands I missed the way he was looking for me. In my career, I will never find a player like him who understands my game like he did.

"I have been lucky enough to play with great players but with him it was different because I knew at that time that he trusted I could do anything and he was giving me the ball because he wanted me to take the responsibility and he was sure I was going to do well.

"He's just different to any other player I have seen in any other club in the world."


During his 17 year career at the Reds, Gerrard created an excellent relationship with most strikers he played alongside.

In the early years, he and Michael Owen combined on a number of occasions with Gerrard feeding the now BT Sport commentator with long balls he could use his pace to run on to. 

Torres was next and then Luis Suarez's arrival at Anfield made Gerrard thrive even more. The 35-year-old and Suarez loved playing alongside each other - they showed their passion on the field and would strike and hurt back-fours on a consistent basis.


Gerrard is now set to continue turn a new page in his career as he leaves his boyhood club for MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy after seeing out his Liverpool contract.

The former England captain made 710 appearances and scored 186 times at the Merseyside club and showed his loyalty throughout by not leaving for Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Chelsea, who all made offers for him.

However, things have been distinctly unusual this season and he has not been given the playing time he expected. He was left out of Brendan Rodgers' starting XI in their 1-0 loss against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League earlier in the season. 

Considering Gerrard retired from England duty to continue at the top level, his campaign has been peculiar and there could be a slightly bitter taste in his mouth when he steps on his plane across the Atlantic.

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