The Liverpool legend has snubbed two of the best players in the Reds’ recent history when asked to reveal who his most gifted team-mate was during his long Anfield career
The ex-Reds skipper is now at the helm of Fellow First League outfit AstonVilla as a manager but spent time reflecting on his playing days with the former England teammate Gary Neville as part of the Overlap series. ex- Manchester United Star Neville asked Gerrard who his most gifted team-mate is other than Suarez or Torres and the Liverpool icon admitted he is often asked the question.
“I get asked that question all the time. They are both phenomenal but I would say Suarez just because he had everything,” said Gerrard. “I’ve played with some top players – Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Torres – but Suarez was just different. No matter who you played against, you just felt like he was going to win you, every game.”
Suarez announced himself on the world stage as one of the strongest forwards to play the game at Liverpool. The Uruguay international scored 82 goals in 133 games in all competitions over three and a half seasons for the Reds.
The money used to buy Suarez from Dutch giants Ajax was actually partly backed by transfer funds raised as Torres raised the sticks Chelsea in a controversial £50million move to west London.
Gerrard reflected on what it was like to train with Suarez and the fear he instilled in his own teammates. “In the first and second training sessions it was almost as if he trained the way he played,” claimed the former Liverpool skipper.
“I remember walking out of one of the main sessions we did with Carra [Jamie Carragher] and me and carra be like oh my god this guy has bundles, loads. I remember he said to me, ‘I don’t want to play him every day’, he was so intense in training.
“He could embarrass you, even with things I don’t even think he knew he was doing. He was a ricochet dealer, he’d run over you, he’d dominate you, he’d bully you.” Unfortunately for both the club and the player, Suarez’s time on Merseyside was not without controversy.
Before his subsequent move to Barcelona In 2015, the striker’s relationship with then-Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had deteriorated. Recalling the time, Gerrard explained that being there for Suarez all the time was impossible.
“When he had the situation with Brendan Rodgers I tried to mediate a bit but there are certain situations where you had to pull back and let him and his people take care of it themselves, not that I didn’t want that with him to help, but sometimes the situation is bigger than it was.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpool-gerrard-torres-alonso-suarez-26722418 Steven Gerrard overlooks Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso as best Liverpool team-mates ever