Steven Gerrard played with both Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez at Liverpool and made the obvious choice by stroking the Spaniard
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Steven Gerrard gave a subtle swipe at Fernando Torres when asked to name the best Liverpool player he played with.
The Red Devils have been the star of the first team at Anfield for more than 15 years.
During that time, he saw players come and go before he left in 2015.
Torres and Luis Suarez are two of the best strikers to play at Merseyside in recent years, each going into business differently.
In the end they both move on with Torres heading towards Chelsea for £50 million in January 2011.
It was that window that saw the arrival of Suarez, who would then leave three and a half years later himself Barcelona.
Torres’ departure left Liverpool fans heartbroken over their animosity with the Blues and it affected Gerrard’s thinking.
He was asked about his best assistant on Sports sky and replied: “From Liverpool’s point of view, it will probably be between Suarez or Torres.
“But if I was forced and pushed, because Luis had been doing it for a longer time and because Luis left for a foreign club instead of Chelsea, I would go with Luis Suarez.”
Torres’ move to Chelsea at the time was a British transfer record.
The Spaniard has struggled to replicate his Anfield form in west London but has hit some big goals.
Torres has since hinted at his reasons for leaving Liverpool, which are in the midst of a transition, insisting time is working against him in his pursuit of silverware.
“I was really happy at Liverpool but if you remember at that time the club was going to be sold and it was a very difficult situation,” he said. TalkSport before.
“They sold all their best players, Javier Mascherano gone, Xabi Alonso gone, [manager] Rafa Benitez is gone, and they’re starting to bring in young players so it can take five, six, seven years to create a winning team again.
“I don’t have that time because I left my hometown at Atletico to win titles.
“Unfortunately, there were a lot of lies by the owners that Liverpool made at that time and in the end I needed to find my own way, which was Chelsea, who I thought would be the club. It gives me a chance to win titles.”
Suarez seems to have echoed that sentiment since leaving Liverpool.
He moved to Barcelona and immediately won Champions League, which is his ultimate goal.
“My wish at Liverpool is to help the club play at a high level because they’ve been five years without it. We’ve talked about that in the dressing room,” he admitted to Jamie Carragher.
“If Liverpool are not in the Champions League, it is very difficult to get the best players to come to the club.
“That’s why I came to Barcelona, had to have that opportunity to not only play the league but also to win it.”