Torres joined Liverpool from Atletico Madrid in 2007, scored 81 goals in 142 games for the Merseyside club before leaving for Chelsea in a £50million deal in January 2011. Torres played his best football at Anfield tormenting every defence in the Premier League and Europe, but has failed to reproduce the same form for Chelsea, In a recent interview Torres explains why he left Anfield and he misses playing with Steven Gerrard.
“At Liverpool, I had almost everything but titles,” Torres said.
“There, I felt like a king but the team was falling apart. The directors had sold Mascherano to Barca, then Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid without investing any of the money to compensate for the departure of these two key players.
“I was 27, I wanted to know what it was like to lift the Champions League and I had the feeling it was not going to happen with the Reds. Liverpool then was in full transition, the club was being sold and in that case, unless you are Manchester City or PSG, it can be a long road before you are again competitive.
“I did not have the time to wait. One day, Steven Gerrard came to say to me: ‘Fernando, now, you have to think of yourself. Do what you have to do.’
“But when I went to tell him that I was going to accept the Chelsea offer, it destroyed him.
“Announcing my departure from Liverpool to Gerrard was one of the most difficult moments of my career. He was my best team-mate and I am not sure of finding another like him in the future. We were made for each other.”
Torres scored five goals in 28 league appearances, 17 of which were starts. He also revealed he misses the player he once was, acknowledged that he has been struggling at Stamford Bridge and he struggled to fit in the Chelsea side which continuously changed managers.
“Today, I am a different player but I am not going to lie to you: the player that I was, the one who started all the matches with a guaranteed place, I really miss sometimes,” Torres responded.
“At one point, I even sat myself down to watch videos of my goals: I wanted to understand what I was doing before when I was scoring.
“I concluded that the only thing that had changed was the colour of the shirt. Everything is a question of adaptation to the playing style of a team. There are the styles which suit me well and others less, that is all.”
The striker explained how difficult it was to integrate himself into the team on his arrival in London.
“Before my arrival, Chelsea played with [Nicolas] Anelka and [Didier] Drogba in attack,” he said. “I arrived to play alongside Anelka in a system with three midfielders. We played only one match with that system.
“At the time, David Luiz and myself went to see [manager Carlo] Ancelotti together because we had been the last arrivals, we were told we would be important, but, in reality, we weren’t playing. They finished by saying to us: ‘We are going to finish the season with the team that started it.’
“I understood nothing of what had happened. I started to get to know the bench. I reassured myself by saying things would soon change. [Andre] Villas-Boas arrived, then [Roberto] Di Matteo, but it was always the same: one day I played, the next not.
“I felt bizarre, I had the feeling of getting tired quicker, of being heavier. I had no gas. You have to fight against a lot of things to get off the bench, sometimes even against yourself.”
Recently, Jose Mourinho criticized his strikers in a video filmed by Canal Plus. He also revealed he wants to buy a new striker for next season.
“Clearly [Mourinho’s] aim is to sign another attacker for next season, but I am going to continue to work to make him change his opinion,” said the Spaniard.
“There is not a lot to analyse. It is not possible to read it another way: he is not completely satisfied with our performances and that is all. All that is left for us to do is to prove that we can be the striker he is looking for.”