Fernando Torres says he is very much looking forward to being reunited with Steven Gerrard and Liverpool’s fans when he returns to play in Sunday’s All-Star match at Anfield.
An array of Reds stars past and present will take part in the game to raise money for the Liverpool FC Foundation.
Torres controversially left the club for Chelsea in 2011, enduring a torrid few years of form at Stamford Bridge. But now back at boyhood club Atletico Madrid and scoring goals, the striker is relishing returning to Liverpool this weekend.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting some of my old teammates, especially Stevie,” the 31-year-old told LFC TV. “I’m sure it’s going to be a great day and night for him.
“And also to meet Liverpool fans again; many times I have been back to Anfield as an opponent, but this time I’m going like part of the home team. It’s going to be a really emotional day for me.”
Asked about the prospect of playing alongside Luis Suarez — a partnership that Torres’ departure meant never happened during Kenny Dalglish‘s second regin as Liverpool manager — Torres said, “I saw what Luis did in his time at Liverpool and it was amazing, just amazing.
“Luis is a good friend – we have a good relationship and good friendship. We were sitting together for two days at Melwood when I was leaving and he was coming. We made good friends and we are still in touch now. I also know what it means to him to go back to Anfield and play there again.
“It will be great to play up front with him, especially with Stevie G behind us.
Steven Gerrard’s XI vs Jamie Carragher’s XI in the All-Star game gets underway at 3pm on Sunday and is sold out. It will be broadcast live on LFC TV and LFC TV GO.