Spanish striker Fernando Torres has slammed Liverpool for portraying him as a ‘traitor’ following his departure to Chelsea five years ago.
The 32-year-old become a fan favorite at the Anfield before joining Chelsea in January 2011 for a then-British transfer record of £50 million.
Torres scored a staggering total of 65 goals in 102 appearances for the Reds but sparked outrage among Liverpool fans after joining Premier League rivals at Stamford Bridge.
However, in a book by Simon Hughes – ‘Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – the players’ stories’, Torres has finally lifted the lid over his ill-fated departure from the Merseyside, revealing a sequence of events including his meeting with Liverpool’s Director of football Damien Comolli in 2010, which left him unimpressed by the club’s future plans.
Torres said: “Comolli told me that the new owners (FSG), they had an idea of how to spend their investment.”
“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.
“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.”
Currently enjoying spell with his boyhood club Atletico Madrid, the Spaniard also revealed that he spoke about the possibility of leaving the Merseyside club with then-Liverpool boss Kenny Daglish, but not before the club entered talks with Chelsea.
However, a source from within the club ultimately disclosed that Torres had ‘verbally requested’ a transfer and the 32-year-old feels it was a betrayal of his trust.
“It was presented as if I was a traitor. It was not like this in the discussion”, added Torres.
“Liverpool could not admit they were doing something wrong with the whole team. They had to find a guilty one.”