Fernando Torres says he had nothing to teach Steven Gerrard at Liverpool

The Spanish striker formed a good partnership at Liverpool with the player.

Steven Gerrard is departing Liverpool this summer after spending his entire career at the club. The former England captain is off to finish his career in the USA with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Over his time at Liverpool he has played with some terrific players, forming some lethal partnerships over the years.

Whether in midfield with Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano or going forward with Luis Suarez, he has often found himself in excellent partnerships.

One of his best was the attacking duet with Fernando Torres during the Spaniard's time at Anfield. The two nearly led Liverpool to the Premier League title in the 2008-09 season.

Torres has paid credit to Gerrard today, on what happens to be the legend's 35th birthday.

He told the Liverpool website how he could never teach Gerrard anything and that, rather, he learned from him:

"No, I have nothing to teach him. I think we learned to play together and every game and every year we were better playing together because we could adapt to a different formation or situations. Every training session, we learned something new as a partnership. I learnt a lot from him, not just about football, but how to be a captain.

"When I was at Atletico I was captain but I was very young and maybe it was not the right thing for me because I did not have enough experience to guide the other players. I understand what it means to be captain - it's not just talking, it's the behaviour and we only needed to follow him. I learned a lot of things from him and that makes me a better player. If in the future I have to be captain, I will take many of the things I learned from him."

Torres, unlike Gerrard, left Liverpool for Chelsea when the offer came falling at his door. Since then his career has struggled and goals have been at a premium.

Perhaps what he should have learned was to stay at Anfield.

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