Fernando Torres has revealed he felt betrayed by Liverpool in the build-up to his record-breaking move to Chelsea in 2011.
The former Liverpool striker broke every Red heart across the world when he decided to join Chelsea in a £50million deal and was shunned by a large section of the fans after his departure to greener pastures.
Torres has talked about his own experience of the controversial transfer for the first time and says he felt like he was turned into a traitor by the club hierarchy.
“It was presented as if I was a traitor,” said Torres in a new book called “Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – the players’ stories.”
“It was not like this in the discussion(s).
“Liverpool could not admit they were doing something wrong with the whole team. They had to find a guilty one.”
Torres also revealed that he held several talks with the Liverpool bigwigs as he mulled over the possibility of a transfer and was not impressed with what director of football Damien Comolli told him after FSG took over the club.
“Comolli told me that the new owners, they had an idea of how to spend their investment,” he said.
“They wanted to bring in young players, to build something new. I was thinking to myself, this takes the time to work. It takes two, three, four, maybe even 10 years.
“I didn’t have that time. I was 27 years old. I did not have time to wait. I wanted to win.
“Here we are five years later and they are still trying to build – around the same position in the league as when I left.”
Torres left his boyhood club Atletico Madrid for Liverpool in 2007, believing it to be the next big step in his career. The striker was attracted by the prospect of becoming an integral member of Rafael Benitez’s successful Liverpool side at the time and hoped that trophies would eventually follow.
He joined Liverpool the summer after the club’s second Champions League final appearance in three seasons and it seemed like the era of success would continue.
But by the time he left the Reds in January 2011, they were a club on a massive decline and had not won a trophy since 2006. At 27, Torres felt the time was running out in his quest for honours and decided he would have to move elsewhere to achieve those aims. Chelsea came calling and he signed on the dotted line.
Regardless of the stats and overall quality of play for the London club, Torres earned Champions League (2012), Europa League (2013) and FA Cup (2012) winners’ medals — exactly what he set out to achieve.