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Heartbreak can be a cruel old lover.
We’ve all sat there at one point or another, in five-day sweatpants and a curry-stained T-shirt, crying hysterically in the mirror and yelling ‘WHY DO WE ALWAYS LEAVE THEM?’
Only U.S? Very good, fast forward.
Well, it turns out that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard knows. exactly what we are talking about (a little).
The Rangers manager has revealed that former Reds teammate Fernando Torres broke his heart when he left Anfield for Chelsea in 2011, and believes his association with the Spaniard helped him play the best football of his career.
“I didn’t play with Torres long enough because he went to Chelsea and it broke my heart,” he told the Robbie Fowler Podcast. “If you asked me who was the best player on a daily basis, [Luis] Suarez was an animal, but my best years were with Torres in how I felt.
“I was really, really shattered [when Torres left]. We are working very hard at this point to try to get as close as possible to close the gap and challenge.
“At Liverpool at that time we always felt like we were making big strides and getting closer and progressing really well, and then at a really key moment and a key moment for the team and the group, a great player takes off and it takes time to recover from that.
“In my relationship with Torres, I was scoring a lot of goals at the time. I was in my prime and I felt fantastic.”
Torres fell short of his £ 50 million price tag after moving to Stamford Bridge, scoring just 20 goals in his 110 Premier League appearances with the Blues.
Gerrard added that he does not hold a grudge against his former teammate, although he admits that he did everything he could to convince the forward to stay in Merseyside.
“I understand that everyone’s situation is different,” he added. “People have different dreams and paths and they are not all local guys who love the club. I appreciate and respect all of that, but at the same time it still hurts when someone leaves a club.”
“I told Fernando that. I tried to make him stay. I said the same to his agent. They were both at Melwood but they made a decision and that decision was out of my hands. It hurt a lot.”
During his 17 years on Liverpool’s senior team, Gerrard played alongside some stellar leaders, including Ballon d’Or winner Michael Owen (yes, really) and Liverpool legend Fowler.
However, Gerrard believes that the reason he holds Torres and Suárez in such high regard is because they came to the club as he was approaching the prime of his career, and that he probably didn’t fully appreciate playing alongside Owen and Fowler given how young he was. It was during his time at Anfield.
“The reason I always talk about Torres and Suarez is because I felt like I was at my best at the time,” he said. “I played with [Fowler] When I was very young, I was still raw, I was still developing.
“I played Michael Owen when I was a bit more advanced, but I still didn’t feel like I was in my peak years. I still had injury issues and I was still finding my feet and my profile.
“I met Torres and Suárez at the perfect time. More Torres because I’m in my peak years in those years 2006, 2007 and 2008 when I felt like I could go against anyone on the court. It didn’t matter who it was. I felt like I could face anyone. anyone at the time. I felt like I was in my prime. They are my best memories of how I felt from a personal point of view. “
Come on Stevie, order yourself a lamb bhuna, sit in front of the mirror and let it all out.