Wednesday 13 December 2017

Fernando Torres reveals his £50 million move to Chelsea 'destroyed' Steven Gerrard

Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard. Photo: Getty Images
Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard. Photo: Getty Images

Fernando Torres has revealed that his £50 million move to Chelsea "destroyed" Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

The Spain striker left Liverpool for their Premier League rivals in January 2011, with Andy Carroll replacing him at Anfield.

Despite struggling since moving to Stamford Bridge, Torres enjoyed the best spell of his career at Liverpool with 81 goals in 142 games and he says Gerrard took his decision to leave particularly hard.

"One day, Steven Gerrard came to say to me: "Fernando, now, you have to think of yourself. Do what you have to do",' Torres told French magazine So Foot.

"But when I went to tell him that I was going to accept the Chelsea offer, it destroyed him. Announcing my departure from Liverpool to Gerrard was one of the most difficult moments of my career.

"He was my best team-mate and I am not sure of finding another like him in the future. We were made for each other."

The 30-year-old striker added that he felt he had to leave Liverpool because the club was selling the best players.

"At Liverpool, I had almost everything but titles. There, I felt like a king but the team was falling apart," he said.

"The directors had sold [Javier] Mascherano to Barca, then Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid without investing any of the money to compensate for the departure of these two key players.

"I was 27, I wanted to know what it was like to lift the Champions League and I had the feeling it was not going to happen with the Reds.

"Liverpool then was in full transition, the club was being sold and in that case, unless you are Manchester City or PSG, it can be a long road before you are again competitive."

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