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Fernando 'indebted' to Chelsea fans

FERNANDO Torres has thanked Chelsea fans for their patience at his lack of goals since his £50m move from Liverpool.

Torres has hit the target in the Premier League just three times since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in January.

But the 27-year-old Spaniard has vowed that he will continue striving to rediscover his best form.

"I feel indebted to the Chelsea fans," he said.

"They have really supported me and when I see them they encourage me.

"If I have learnt one thing in life it is never to give up. I look at myself and I know I can get back to my best."

Chelsea and Liverpool meet once again in Sunday's showdown at Stamford Bridge and Torres knows his side can ill afford a further setback in the Premier League.


"Against Liverpool we can't allow ourselves to drop more points. It will be special," he said.

"Liverpool are a team in transition and you can't do that overnight. You need time.

"They've made an effort economically and, like any project, the project needs time to bed in."

Torres is sure to face taunts from travelling Liverpool supporters on Sunday, but he insists they are unaware of the real reasons behind his departure.

Torres also heaped praise on former Reds manager Rafael Benitez, who brought him to Anfield in 2007. "Liverpool's fans have stuck with the story the club gave and they don't know the real story," he said.

"I don't feel bitter towards them, they will always be special for me.

"I owe so much to Rafa Benitez, no one understood me like him.

"He's a great coach. His teams go out with just one thing in mind: compete.

"Even with a smaller budget his teams can compete with the best."