Gerrard gives Suarez top billing
Published 06/11/2012 | 14:43
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes Luis Suarez is the best striker he has played alongside.
Gerrard, in a Twitter question and answer session for sponsors adidas, picked Suarez ahead of the likes of Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Fernando Torres - all great goalscorers at Anfield - and England team-mate Wayne Rooney.
The England captain also singled out the Uruguay international as the player who messes about most in training - "He's a nuisance!" wrote the 32-year-old.
Gerrard also revealed the one former team-mate he would bring back to the club, given the chance, would be Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso.
"Xabi Alonso - best midfielder I've played with, I miss playing with him," he wrote.
The feeling appears to be mutual with the Madrid midfielder confident Gerrard, who marked his 600th match for Liverpool at the weekend, would slot seamlessly into Spain's World Cup and European Championship-winning side.
"He could play in any national team in the world because he has so many great qualities. He is flexible. He can play at the English pace or he can associate with the ball very well," Alonso said. "He is a very intelligent player, so he could play anywhere - not just any national team but any club in the world."
Alonso believes Gerrard had a significant impact on his career, having moved to Merseyside from Real Sociedad in 2004.
"He was a great influence to me," he told Real Madrid TV in an interview on behalf of Liverpoolfc.com. "When I arrived at Liverpool I was 22 and he was the captain, he was the main man at the club.
"For me he was a reference, the way he behaved with his team-mates and with the supporters as well. I learned a lot from him. We are great friends and we still keep in touch."