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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has admitted Fernando Torres broke his heart when he left Liverpool for Chelsea in January 2011.
Torres, who scored 81 goals in 142 appearances at Anfield, moved to Stamford Bridge on a dramatic 2011 deadline day.
Gerrard told the Robbie Fowler podcast: “I didn’t play with Torres long enough because he went to Chelsea and broke my heart.
“If you asked me who was the best player on a daily basis consistently, Suarez was an animal but my best years were alongside Torres in terms of how I felt.
“I was really, really gutted (when Torres left). We’re working so hard at this point to try and get as close as we can to close the gap and challenge.
“At Liverpool at the time it always felt like we were taking huge strides and getting close and progressing really well, and then at a really key time and a key moment for the team and the group, a big player gets taken away and it takes time to recover from that.
“My relationship with Torres, I was getting a lot of goals at that time. I was at my peak and felt fantastic.”
He added: “I understand everyone’s situation is different.
“People have dreams and different paths and they’re not all local lads who love the club. I appreciate and respect all that, but at the same time it still hurts when someone leaves a club.
“I’ve told Fernando that. I tried to get him to stay. I told his agent the same.
“They were both at Melwood but they made a decision and that decision was out of my hands. It hurt a lot.”