Fernando Torres: This is why I quit Liverpool for Chelsea
By Matt Farr
Fernando Torres has admitted he quit Liverpool in the winter of 2011 because he ‘felt betrayed’ by the club.
The 33-year-old had been a massive hit at Anfield and a favourite among the fans, scoring 81 goals from 142 appearances in all competitions.
But the Spain international shattered the hearts of Liverpool fans by sealing a £50million move to Premier League rivals Chelsea in January 2011, then a British transfer record.
However, Torres’ career has taken a turn for the worst ever since, and he has struggled to replicate his prolific goalscoring form for Liverpool at any of his three clubs since – Chelsea, AC Milan, and currently Atletico Madrid.
In an excerpt from Simon Hughes’ book ‘Ring of Fire: Liverpool Into The 21st Century: The Players’ Stories’, shared on independent Liverpool football site The Anfield Wrap, Torres revealed his reasons behind the move.
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He admitted that he had no choice but to seek bigger and better things after losing faith that Liverpool were a side that could realistically challenge for silverware, the polar opposite of his decision to move to the club in 2007.
He said: “I left my club to win. By the time I left Liverpool, when everybody was leaving, I did not have the feeling that I was going to win there.
“It was hard because I had been so happy. I’d never felt happier than during my time at Liverpool. But then I felt betrayed. That’s the truth.
“When I decided to move to Liverpool, it was because I was sure Liverpool was very close to becoming the best team in Europe. But the situation changed completely.”
Torres managed just 45 goals from 172 appearances following his controversial big-money move to Chelsea.
But he did succeed in securing the silverware he craved when he first arrived in the Premier League, helping Chelsea win the FA Cup and the Champions League in the 2011-12 campaign, and the Europa League the following year.