Premier League He tried his best to get him to stay
Steven Gerrard has lamented the fact that Fernando Torres departed Liverpool for Chelsea when the two were playing together at Anfield.
The former English midfielder explained that some of his best football was played alongside the Spaniard, who played for Liverpool between the summer of 2007 and January 2011.
“I didn’t play with Torres long enough, because he went to Chelsea and broke my heart,” Gerrard said on Robbie Fowler’s podcast.
“If you asked me who was the best player on a daily basis consistently, [Luis] 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 and getting close and progressing really well, and 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.”
The current Rangers boss stated that he spoke to Torres and his agent in a bid to get him to stay at Liverpool.
“I understand everyone’s situation is different,” Gerrard accepted.
“People have dreams and different paths and they’re not all local lads who love the club.
“I appreciate and respect all that, but at the same time it still hurts when someone leaves a club.
“I’ve told Fernando that. I tried to get him to stay. I told his agent the same.
“They were both at Melwood but they made a decision and that decision was out of my hands. It hurt a lot.”