Steven Gerrard has explained why former Liverpool hero Fernando Torres was handled differently than anyone else in a bid to make him one of the Premier League's most feared strikers.
The Liverpool legend revealed that the club's coaching staff, as well as Torres' first-team squad mates, made sure that the Spain international was the main man at Anfield in a bid to give him the confidence needed to potentially fire them to glory.
Speaking on the latest episode of 'Premier League Heroes' (via Liverpool's official site) Gerrard divulged how the likes of Rafa Benitez, Jamie Carragher and himself boosted Torres' confidence to get the very best out of the prolific marksman.
He said: “He was an absolute joy and a pleasure to play behind.
“My responsibility was to try to give him the service. And it was also my responsibility as a captain to make him feel good. Not just myself, but with the likes of Jamie Carragher we had a very humble dressing room, and we realised straight away that for us to be successful it was important that we had a striker who felt like he was the main man in the dressing room.
“All the staff played their part as well. I feel like we all played a game around Fernando to make him feel phenomenal, like he was the main man.
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“He took that confidence out onto the pitch – and rightly so. Liverpool’s No.9, who is going to get you all the goals and break records, it’s always important that the main man feels important.
“We all helped him, as players, to feel invincible and he took that into his performances."
Torres plundered an impressive 81 goals in 142 appearances for Liverpool during his three-and-a-half year spell on Merseyside, but failed to help the Reds land any silverware during his stay.
An ongoing knee problem and niggling thigh injury eventually made Torres a shadow of the player he was upon his arrival, and Liverpool managed to perform a remarkable bit of business by selling the now 33-year-old to Chelsea for a mammoth £50m fee in January 2011.
Gerrard went on to add that Torres' final 18 months with Liverpool had left him sad over how his time ended - particularly given his move to Stamford Bridge - before stating that Liverpool's fanbase had now probably forgiven the Atletico Madrid legend for his departure.
He said: “It’s a shame how it ended here. But I think the majority of fans have forgiven him. He looks back at his Liverpool career with fond memories.”
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