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

Fernando Torres
says his decision to
leave Liverpool in 2011 for
Chelsea 'destroyed' Steven
Spaniard says telling
Liverpool captain he was
leaving was 'one of most
difficult moments in his
'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
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
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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'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.
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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
'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
Spain squad gather for training
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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