Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has opted for Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez ahead of retired Spanish attacker and Atletico legend Fernando Torres when he was asked about his best sidekick at Liverpool during a recent interview with Sky Sports.

When asked the question, Liverpool legend Gerrard said that it would be between Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres from a Liverpool point of view. The ex-Rangers boss went on to say that he will go for Luis Suarez ahead of Fernando Torres if he was pushed or forced. On his reasons for going with Suarez at the expense of Torres, Gerrard said that the Uruguayan international has been at the top of world football over a longer period of time and because he left Liverpool for a foreign club and not for another English club like what was obtainable with Torres.

Fernando Torres joined Liverpool from boyhood club Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2008 and he went on to spend three-and-a-half years at Anfield before controversially moving to Premier League rivals Chelsea who paid a club-record fee of £50m for him. It was also a British transfer record as at the time of the move to Stamford Bridge in January 2011. Torres was one of the best strikers in the world when he was at Liverpool, but he was unable to replicate the form in the colours of Chelsea. On his reason for leaving Liverpool for Chelsea, Torres said time was running out for him to win trophies.

Liverpool replaced Torres with Suarez who joined them from Dutch team Ajax Amsterdam in a £22.8m deal. Suarez had his best season at Liverpool during the 2013/14 season when he came close to winning the Premier League with the Reds. He scored 31 league goals despite missing the first five games of the season due to suspension. The Uruguayan striker left Liverpool to join Spanish club Barcelona in a £75m deal in 2004.