While most of Steven Gerrard’s former teammates would probably name him as the best player they ever played with, the Liverpool legend was incredibly fortunate to play alongside some world-class talent himself.
At Anfield, he played with the likes of Luis Suarez, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres.
And during his 14-year spell as an England international, he played alongside various world-class footballers including Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham.
But which forward does Gerrard rate as the best he played with during his illustrious career?
He was asked that very question by Jake Humphrey on BT Sport after Tottenham’s 3-0 away win at Burnley - and his answer won’t exactly come as a surprise.
Gerrard: Suarez is the best I've played with
Asked to name the best striker he played with during his career, Gerrard said: “I’ve played with loads of top strikers. Suarez is probably the best if you’re talking about an all-round No. 9 - he did a bit of everything.
“His work rate, his desire, his commitment, he could score unbelievable goals, he could score tap-ins, he could ruin a defence on his own and he was a match-winner.”
But he preferred playing with two other forwards
Humphrey then asked Gerrard if Suarez was his favourite strike partner, but his response might surprise Liverpool fans.
“Erm, [Fernando] Torres and [Michael] Owen probably slightly more because I was in my prime and on the same wavelength as them. They were more runners in behind.
“But you said ‘whose the best centre-forward you’ve played with’ and that’s Suarez.”
Video: Gerrard reveals his favourite strike partners
Watch Gerrard’s answer in full here…
So, there you have it.
Although Gerrard loved playing with Suarez, he actually enjoyed playing alongside Torres and, surprisingly, Owen more.
Why Gerrard may have preferred Torres and Owen
That’s probably because unlike Torres and Owen, Suarez never relied on Gerrard for service,
If there was no service, he would create his own goalscoring opportunities.
The Uruguay international spent three-and-a-half years at Anfield before sealing a £75 million move to Barcelona in 2014.
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