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" My only path has always been to work hard. "
" I want to say thanks to the Chelsea fans because I have seen them very, very happy with me for joining Chelsea. "
" I want to thank my two English clubs: Liverpool for bringing me to the Premier League and Chelsea for the trophies I won. "
" The worst part about not playing is when you think that you are ready to do it. You try to get more minutes, taking the chances, but you end up in a situation where things have not gone well for you for weeks - or for years. That is like swimming wet clothes. "
" I didn't realise how my life was changing. When I was 17, 18, 20, I didn't realise how big football was and everything around football. How many people live for football and love football. I was a professional, but I was a supporter. "
" Liverpool is a fundamental part of my life. They don't remember me that way, but time will change that. I could not have chosen a better place to go when I left Atletico. "
" Messi is the best. I have not seen or will ever see a player like Lionel Messi. "
" Liverpool was a special city that took to me; I will always remember how special that place was. I obviously don't miss the rain. "
" You have to prove yourself every day. You have to live for today. "
" Domestic titles are very important, but to win the Champions League, you are saying, 'We are the best team in Europe.' "
" Fitness is important, but the most important thing is how you adapt and the way you feel physically. To adapt to a new position. To try to change your game. "
" It's not easy to come somewhere new and have to find your place. You might feel someone doesn't like you, or you might need to find new friends. It's not easy, and I don't like this kind of thing. It's not easy, so you want to protect the players who are alone. "
" Steven Gerrard is the best player I have played with throughout my career; therefore, my ideal player would be very like him. "
" Ronaldo is different from Messi. He is very impressive down the wings. "
" Big clubs in Europe always go through difficult spells where it appears as though there is no light at the end of the tunnel. But because they are big clubs, they always come back, and they do so with a vengeance. "
End Of The Tunnel
" My son is a Liverpool fan, and he was already kicking a ball before he was one. He was born in the football city; he had no choice. "
" When I retire, the only thing that concerns me is that no one can say that I was a bad team-mate or disrespectful or self-important. "
" The Premier League is very difficult football and very different to when you play in Europe, but the player has to have experience to adapt, and this is the key point. "
" Real Madrid is like Manchester United or Liverpool or Bayern Munich. There is so much history, and you need to play and win against that history. It's difficult to play against them because you fight against everything - the history, the players - but because of that, the motivation is always so high. "
" The Premier League is tough because, as soon as you lose a couple of games, you're out of the race for the league. "
" For me, Real Madrid are just like any other club, like Barcelona, Milan, Bayern Munich, or Inter. Just another big club. "
" The Champions League is a big ambition, and all the footballers want to play in it; it is a very important competition. "
" Chelsea gave me all the trophies I have as a football player. I saw my kids growing up in London. "
" If we win trophies, we have the chance to win individual awards because it comes with the team targets. "
" Madrid is not as big as London, but it is true when you are coming from a big city like Madrid, nothing is going to surprise you, and I am very happy to move to a city like London. It is a big city, and you can do everything you want with the respect that the English people always have. "