In an exclusive interview with Liverpool FC’s official club magazine ‘LFC Weekly’, Steven Gerrard insisted on the importance of Fernando Torres to the Reds. The captain believes that ‘the best centre-forward in the world’ has received some unfair criticism in some sections of the media.
Gerrard himself has suffered with injuries and knows just how hard it is to regain full fitness. The striker however is confident that the Spain forward will return as strong as ever. “It's all completely over the top. It's easy to watch a football match and, if the centre-forward doesn't score or pull a rabbit out of a hat, say his body language isn't right. If a player's form isn't there or he's fighting for full fitness after injuries it's normal that their body language isn't perfect. I'm the same. If I'm not playing at the levels I know I can, or if I'm struggling with an injury, people say the same things about me.”
"You only have to look at Fernando's record since he walked through the door to know how good he is. He's had a bad time with injuries of late. He wasn't 100 per cent going into the World Cup and he had a lot of criticism over the summer. But he'll bounce back.”
"The only time a centre-forward's body language is 100 per cent right is when they're scoring in every game, that's the way they are. That's why players like that are the best in the world, because if they come off the pitch without scoring or producing a nine out of ten or ten out of ten performance they're not happy. That's what helps to make them so good.”
The Liverpool first team squad are fully behind the striker as he faces a race against time to be fit for the short trip to Goodison Park for next Sunday’s Merseyside derby. "We all believe in him, he's our top man. He's a top player and he's our goal-scorer. We all need to get behind Fernando and help him to get back to the form he showed in his first season here. On that form he's the best centre-forward in the world."