Monday 18 December 2017

Bullish Torres brands Liverpool 'a selling club'

Fernando Torres. Photo: Reuters
Fernando Torres. Photo: Reuters

Jonathan Liew

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres heaped more criticism on former club Liverpool yesterday, describing them as a "selling club" and claiming that the protracted change of ownership caused "chaos".

In a revealing interview with the Spanish newspaper Marca, Torres (pictured right) reiterated his belief that he was right to leave Liverpool - who yesterday had captain Steven Gerrard ruled out for a month because of groin surgery - for £50m, and said that he had been considering it as early as 2009.

"It was a decision I had mulled over for a long time," the former Atletico Madrid player said. "I had made up my mind a long time before. In the summer in which Xabi Alonso left, I started to wonder. When reinforcements didn't arrive, I started to wonder if Liverpool was the club its history suggests, or if it was in fact a selling club.

"What other teams could I have gone to? I couldn't go to Manchester United out of respect for Liverpool. Or Real Madrid, because of my past. I don't think Barcelona needed anyone. I didn't like the idea of Italy. Chelsea were the only club left. There was only one option.

"And then suddenly, the opportunity appeared. It was like a light bulb coming on in a long, dark passageway. I thought that the six months left at Liverpool this season would feel like three years."

Torres also cast more light on why he left Anfield, and implied that the club had been less than honest with him over their plans for the future. "I knew I was an idol for the Liverpool fans, but it wasn't the same anymore," he said. "The institution was in chaos with the sale. There was all this talk of possible projects. People aren't honest in the world of football. You can't say the truth or be clear with people. It's a business and nobody is anyone's friend.

"In many ways it reminded me of Atletico Madrid -- a great history, many ideas but without money. It needed time. I don't have that."

Torres (26) is yet to score in the five games since his move to Chelsea but the striker said that he was still adapting to his new role, and described Chelsea's squad as more "professional" than Liverpool.

"There are better personal relations and more jokes between the players at Chelsea than at Liverpool, where everything is a lot more serious," he said.

"Winning trophies is all they care about here and, for me, the Champions League is the dream, no doubt. After having won the European Championship and the World Cup, it's the main challenge left. I want to win the Premier League too. It's one of the great prizes in the game and I honestly think that we will win more than one while I am here." (© The Daily Telegraph)

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