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Fernando Torres: 'I would pay to play with' Steven Gerrard again

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has told BBC Sport that he would he pay money to play with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard again.

The pair enjoyed a special relationship on and off the pitch during Torres' three-and-a-half seasons at Anfield.

While Gerrard stayed at Liverpool for nearly all of his career, Torres, who moved to the Merseyside club in 2007, completed a controversial £50 million switch to Chelsea in January 2011.

"He is everything I need on the pitch in one player," Torres said of the 36-year-old. "I was a big fan of Stevie before I was a Liverpool player, everybody is.

"But playing with him was much better than what I was expecting. It was amazing, he is by far the best player I have played with. I would pay to play with him again."

Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard spent three-and-a-half seasons together at Liverpool.

Gerrard called an end to his glittering 19-year playing career in November following a spell with LA Galaxy, winning almost everything there is to win as a player while at Liverpool.

However, Torres considers the fact Gerrard does not have a Premier League winners' medal to be a source of regret, despite him coming close in the 2008-09 and 2013-14 seasons.

"I felt so sorry for Stevie because we didn't have [many] chances to win the Premier League, and Liverpool was so close [in 2014] after so many years," Torres said.

"It was really unfair on Stevie because he is the person who deserves to win the Premier League and you know in one second [with the slip against Chelsea], everything has changed."

Gerrard rejoined Liverpool as an academy coach in a floating role for various age groups at the beginning of the year and is reportedly set to take charge of the under-18s next season.

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.

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