Although Gerrard may have played a significant role in persuading the South American to stay at Anfield during a summer of turmoil, their friendship will be put on hold when they meet in Sao Paulo on June 19.
"I'd rather play on the same team as him, of course I would. He's a world-class player who can give problems to any opposition he comes up against.
"I know him well, I know his strengths and I know the very few weaknesses that he has but I'm looking forward to competing against him.
"When you play with players domestically they're your team-mates, you protect them and you do everything you can to win together.
"We both know that when the whistle goes against Uruguay the friendship goes out of the window for 90 minutes and we both fight for our countries but I can't speak highly enough of Luis as a player, he's up there, for me, in the top five players in the world."
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