Fernando Torres reveals his decision to leave Liverpool for Chelsea 'destroyed' Steven Gerrard

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Fernando Torres

says his decision to

leave Liverpool in 2011 for

Chelsea 'destroyed' Steven

Gerrard

Spaniard says telling

Liverpool captain he was

leaving was 'one of most

difficult moments in his

career'

'He was my best team-mate

and I'm not sure of finding

one like him in the future.

We were made for each

other' Torres said of

Gerrard

Spain striker reveals he had

to leave Liverpool in order

to win trophies

Torres also discusses his

struggles under various

Chelsea managers

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has

revealed the pain he caused

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

when he told him he was leaving

Anfield for Stamford Bridge three

years ago.

The striker signed for Chelsea in a

£50million deal in January 2011, on

the same day Liverpool signed

Andy Carroll from Newcastle for

£35m.

Torres scored 81 goals in 142

games for the Reds, playing

arguably the best football of his

career and even though his form

dipped at the end of time there,

the Anfield faithful was

understandably miffed to see him

leave - as, it seems, was Gerrard.

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attempts does it take Torres to

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'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.'

Torres added that he felt he had to

leave Liverpool at that time in

order to win trophies.

How many attempts does it take

Torres to score past Reina?

'At Liverpool, I had almost

everything but titles. There, I felt

like a king but the team was

falling apart.

'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

Liverpool.

'Then they were 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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ahead of Bolivia friendly

And even though Torres went on to

realise his dream of lifting the

Champions League with Chelsea,

his form has been patchy and as a

result, he was in and out of the

team under the management of

Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas

and Roberto Di Matteo.

'At the time, David Luiz and myself

went to see Ancelotti together

because we had been the last

arrivals, we were told we would be

important, but, in reality, we

weren't playing. They finished by

saying to us: 'We are going to

finish the season with the team

that started it'.''I understood

nothing of what had happened. I

started to know the experience of

the bench. I reassured myself by

saying things would soon change.

Villas-Boas arrived, then Di Matteo

but it was always the same: one

day I played, the next not.'


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