Sunday, August 15, 2010

Torres just loves playing alongside Gerrard

Iniesta has lift the lid that one of the reason why Torres choose to stay because he just loves playing alongside Gerrard and even rates his anfield skipper higher than the likes of Villa and Xavi.

Fernando Torres says ­Liverpool will terrify the Premier League this season – because of his partnership up front with ­Steven Gerrard.

The Spanish superstar striker says Kop skipper Gerro is his best strike partner ever – even better than international colleague David Villa.

Torres believes the pair have an ­almost telepathic understanding.

Midfielder Andres Iniesta was shacked up with Torres as Spain won the World Cup in South Africa last month.

And the Barcelona man also thinks Torres’ love of Liverpool is the reason he pledged his future to the club.

Iniesta said: “I was speaking with Nando during the World Cup.

“Even though he is happy at Liverpool in the sense he loves the club, he is clearly not happy with the results on the pitch.

“Liverpool ran Manchester United so close for the Premier League the season before last.

“The reason it happened is because Nando and Steven Gerrard were strike partners, with Gerrard playing just behind.

“Nando will tell you himself that his best-ever strike partner is Steven Gerrard.

“In his words they had a telepathic understanding when it came to making runs and the right pass.

“I hope the new Liverpool coach has the sense to play them as a strike partnership again.

“If he does it could be a really successful season for them.”

Iniesta also played at the World Cup with former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, now at Real Madrid.

Alonso’s departure was thought by many to be part of the reason Liverpool had such a disappointing campaign last season.

But Iniesta believes new Kop signing Joe Cole could fill the Alonso role at Anfield.

The Spaniard added: “The season they nearly won the Premier League, Xabi was so important for them.

“If they play Joe Cole in the Xabi role – with Gerrard and Nando’s strike partnership – I really do think they can be one of the most successful attacking teams in the Premier League and will score goals for fun.

“I think it’s a big opening game for both Liverpool and Arsenal.

“Both sets of fans would not have been happy with last season and both teams must win something this season.”

Another player potentially heading for the Anfield exit is Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano.

And Iniesta added: “I don’t think it’s any sort of secret that he is a player we would like here at Barcelona.”

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