Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has paid tribute to Steven Gerrard after the Reds captain made his 600th appearance for the club.
Gerrard broke the landmark when he started in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle at Anfield on Sunday and Torres recalls some of the best of times playing with the England international.
“I think it’s an amazing achievement for him and it is very well deserved,” said Torres.
“I enjoyed playing next to him for three and a half seasons. It was probably the best time I have had on a football pitch. I am who I am now thanks to him because he showed me the way.
“So I am happy for him and I am sure that he will play much more than 600 games for Liverpool.”
Torres played for the Reds between 2007-2011, leaving for Chelsea for a British record transfer fee of £50million.
The Spanish striker added that he feels he owes Gerrard a lot for helping him settle on Merseyside and into English football following his move from Atletico Madrid.
Torres added, “He is the kind of player that everyone loves. He helps all his teammates and he certainly helped me when I arrived at Liverpool. I think he is the type of player that everyone should have at a club.
“Hopefully everything is going very well for him.”