Torres: I was portrayed as a traitor by Liverpool

The Atletico Madrid striker left the Reds for Chelsea in 2011, sparking outrage among fans.

Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres
Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres

FERNANDO TORRES HAS hit out at Liverpool for portraying him as a traitor following his move to Premier League rivals Chelsea in 2011.

Anfield favourite and Atletico Madrid striker Torres swapped Liverpool for Chelsea in a big-money deal, believed to be worth £50million, more than five years ago.

Torres was the subject of criticism by Liverpool fans following his record-breaking move to Stamford Bridge but the 32-year-old has lifted the lid on his transfer to Chelsea, where he won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup.

“(Director of football Damien) Comolli told me that the new owners [Fenway Sports Group], they had an idea of how to spend their investment,” Torres is quoted as saying from an extract in new book ‘Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – the players’ stories’.

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.

Torres, who spent four years on Merseyside, said: “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.”

Back at boyhood club Atletico Madrid after arriving permanently on a one-year deal from AC Milan in the close-season, Torres and Co. kick-off their LaLiga campaign at home to Deportivo Alaves on Sunday.

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