VIDEO: Fernando Torres admits Steven Gerrard had 'biggest impact' on his career

Former Liverpool forward Fernando Torres has spoke highly of ex captain Steven Gerrard.

Fernando Torres celebrates his 37th birthday today and despite his sour Anfield exit,  many Reds still share fond memories of the Spaniard's time on Merseyside.

He arrived at the club in 2007 from boyhood club Atletico Madrid and scored his first home goal against Chelsea.

In 142 games for the Reds, he scored 81 goals and became the first player to score back to back hat-tricks in 62 years in 2008.

At the time, he was the record signing for the then-five time Champions League winners with a £20million price tag.

His partnership with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was one to be feared in the Premier League and across Europe. It still remains to a degree a big injustice that he never won any silverware on Merseyside. 

Shattering the previous transfer fee of £14million for Frenchman Djibril Cisse, Torres said in 2007, he was signing for the 'best club in Europe', taking over the number nine shirt, previously worn by club legends Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler. 

Between 2007 and 2011, when he left for London, the pair collectively scored 81 goals with Torres enjoying the Reds captain as he was in his prime.

In light of the Champions League quarter-final draw with Real Madrid, many unearthed clips of the duo terrorising the Madrid side, a club with an abundance of stars including Fabio Cannavaro, Iker Casillas and Raul, to name a few.

He also enjoyed many times down the East Lancs against Manchester United with the forward on numerous occasions running rings round Nemanja Vidic. 

Recently, the now title-winning Rangers manager, Gerrard, expressed his devastation when Torres moved on to play for Chelsea.

As quoted by Sport Bible, he said: "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."

The UEFA Champions League Twitter account posted a video in August 2020 with Torres discussing what impact Stevie G had on his career.

"The player who had the biggest influence on my career was Steven Gerrard, 100%," He said.

There was Fernando Torres who before he played with Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres after he played with Steven Gerrard. He changed my game."

It was fair to say following his Liverpool exit, he was never the same. Injuries hampering his career in the North West but he still became a key figure under Spanish compatriot, Rafael Benitez. 

Watch the full Torres interview below: