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Atletico Madrid ace Torres: Gerrard encouraged me to leave Liverpool

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres admits Steven Gerrard told him to leave Liverpool.

Torres has revealed that Gerrard told him to leave Liverpool prior to his £50million switch to Chelsea.

"There's one player that influenced me above anyone else and that's Gerrard. He changed my career, my ambition, wanting to win, he changed everything.

"Even when I was leaving Liverpool he told me 'go, think about yourself. Do what's best for you - you've nothing to prove'," he told The Sun.

"He changed the way I saw things, telling me that I could get much higher than what I had always thought. I'll never find a team-mate like him."

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