Fernando Torres: Nobody understands me like Steven Gerrard

Former Kop idol Fernando Torres praises Liverpool's departing captain.

Spanish international Fernando Torres has been singing the praises of former team-mate Steven Gerrard, who will play his final game for Liverpool on Sunday away to Stoke City.

Torres has said he is very proud of his former captain and praised his unique on-pitch understanding with the 34-year-old.

Currently plying his trade on loan at Atletico Madrid, Torres built a formidable partnership with the departing Liverpool skipper and never really found his goalscoring touch again after leaving Anfield.

After a stint at Chelsea where he won the Champions League despite showcasing dismal efforts in front of goal, Torres moved on to AC Milan – who remain his current parent club. Still regarded as a star at Atletico, 'El Nino' is hoping to rediscover his best form where it all began for him.

Gerrard, though, is set to play his final game for boyhood club Liverpool this weekend and Torres believes he will be remembered as one of the Reds’ all-time greats.

“I’m sure he’s going to be remembered forever as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, legends in the club,” Torres told LFCTV as part of an upcoming documentary, ‘Gerrard: My Liverpool’.

“I’m sure he’s very proud of that and I’m very proud of him. I would like for Stevie to play for Liverpool forever and forever but sometimes in life you cannot choose what is better for everybody.

“You can see the reality, everybody understands his position, and even if they don’t understand they respect his decision because they all love Stevie.

“Everything he did; you can see the top teams and the clubs, it’s difficult to find a player who stays in the good and the bad times.

“He had great times, bad times, but he was always ready for the next challenge and this is what Liverpool supporters ask of the players.

“Give your passion, your love, your entire life for the club and he did and with great results.”

Fernando Torres left Liverpool to join Chelsea in a transfer believed to be worth £50million – per the BBC. At Stamford Bridge he scored 45 goals in 172 appearances; the most important coming in the 2012 Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

Despite moving to a rival and having replica shirts burned in response, Liverpool fans still hold Torres in high regard and will treasure the memories of the time he spent alongside Gerrard at Anfield.

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