Former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has sympathised with Fernando Torres over the criticism he has received since his Anfield exit.
Torres has come under fire from Reds fans after forcing a move to Chelsea despite being held in such high regard on Merseyside.
The Spanish striker handed in a transfer request which set the wheels in motion for his Liverpool exit, but Mascherano believes the overreaction of the British press means Torres has been painted as the bad guy.
Mascherano himself left Liverpool on reasonably bad terms last summer amidst reports he had refused to play in order to force the Anfield club to sell him to Barcelona.
The Argentine eventually was granted his wish of a move away from Liverpool and he now believes £50 million-man Torres should be cut some slack by disillusioned supporters.
"I was not surprised about what happened with Fernando," Mascherano is quoted as saying by espn.co.uk.
"When I left Liverpool, it looked as if I killed someone. It is sad that the people who did something important with the club have to leave by the back door.
"It is sad that the press and the club try to convince people that it is all the player's fault when the reality is that Liverpool didn't show the interest in keeping us in the club.
"I spoke with Fernando and I said to him that he doesn't have to be worried because he did his best for the club. Even though he didn't win any trophies, he was a very important player and helped this club all the time."