He told Champions magazine: "I really admire Steven Gerrard because I know the pressure he is under every day, everybody talking about him all day long, in changing rooms, in the pubs, in the stadium.
"I've heard people say that he should be stronger, have a stronger personality. And I know from experience how difficult it is to deal with all that. He is at another level of course, because Liverpool is a huge club.
"People look at you from a distance and challenge you with their eyes. All that happens every day to Stevie and he copes with it - he copes with everything that is expected of him all the time.
"He's always under tremendous pressure to perform and everyone looks to him to show leadership, to lift the team.
"He has been a great example to everyone and those of us who have been in a similar situation know how difficult it is to handle.
It's incredible how he carries himself regardless of what's going on."
And Torres added: "I'd love to be captain one day - Steven has shown me how to be a great leader."