Torres: Liverpool hierarchy portrayed me as a traitor
By Tom Blackburn
Former Liverpool favourite Fernando Torres claims he was portrayed as a traitor when he the left the club for Chelsea in 2011.
Torres joined Chelsea for £50million, which was a record fee for both sides.
However, he says never felt he had a future at Liverpool and details his conversations with chief executive Christian Purslow in the summer of 2010 and Damien Comolli after the Frenchman’s appointment as director of football in the November.
“Comolli told me that the new owners (FSG), they had an idea of how to spend their investment,” says Torres in Simon Hughes book Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – the players’ stories, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“They wanted to bring in young players, to build something new. I was thinking to myself, this takes time to work. It takes two, three, four, maybe even 10 years.
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“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.
“It was presented as if I was a traitor. 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.”
While at Liverpool, Torres was regarded as one of the world’s best strikers and he played 142 times for the Merseyside giants, scoring 81 times.
However, Torres was an categorical flop at Chelsea and managed just 45 goals in 172 appearances before joining AC Milan for £2.5million in 2014.
He is now back at Athletico Madrid, which is where he began his career and only narrowly missed out on a Euro 2016 spot after performing well last season.
The Spanish World Cup winner partnered Antoine Griezmann up front for Athletico, scoring 12 times in 44 matches.
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