Steven Gerrard has admitted that he was “really gutted” when Fernando Torres left Liverpool for Chelsea in 2011.
Gerrard and Torres enjoyed a memorable three-and-a-half-year spell with the Reds.
Torres scored 81 goals from 142 appearances during his time at the club and finished in third place in the race for the Ballon d’Or in 2008.
The Spaniard however dumped Liverpool in 2011, handing in a transfer request prior to his £50m switch to Premier League rivals Chelsea.
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Speaking on The Robbie Fowler Podcast, as cited by the Daily Mail, Gerrard claimed that Torres was his favourite strike partner at Liverpool:
“I didn’t play with Torres long enough because he went to Chelsea and broke my heart. If you asked me who was the best player on a daily basis consistently, Suarez was an animal but my best years were alongside Torres in terms of how I felt.
“I was really, really gutted (when Torres left). We’re working so hard at this point to try and get as close as we can to close the gap and challenge.
“At Liverpool at the time, it always felt like we were taking huge strides. We were getting close and progressing really well. Then at a really key time and a key moment for the team and the group, a big player gets taken away and it takes time to recover from that.
“My relationship with Torres, I was getting a lot of goals at that time. I was at my peak and felt fantastic.”