Fernando Torres has spoken about incidents that led to his move to Chelsea in 2011 and also the unfair portrayal by Liverpool supporters.
On numerous occasions, Liverpool fans have voiced their hatred against the Spaniard and have branded him as a traitor. He was one of the most favourite players in a Liverpool shirt just before his move. Torres achieved this legendary status after having scored 65 goals in 102 league appearances for the club. However, he felt that the direction that the club was about to take under the new ownership was not going to immediately result in trophies.
Torres came to Liverpool with a view of winning major honours – something that he was denied at his boyhood club Atletico Madrid until then. However, Liverpool did not enjoy any major success with Torres. After the arrival of new owners in 2010, Torres was reportedly told by then director of football Damien Comolli that the club would be bringing in young players and building for the future. This immediately rang alarm bells within Torres, who was 27 back then, that it would take time to achieve success in this manner. The 32-year-old has now reflected on the last five years Liverpool have had using this philosophy. He says that he was right about the club’s inability to challenge for titles.
"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. It was presented as if I was a traitor. Liverpool could not admit they were doing something wrong with the whole team,” said Torres.