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Torres: I owe a lot to Liverpool fans

Torres pays tribute to the Liverpool fans (©GettyImages)
Torres pays tribute to the Liverpool fans (©GettyImages).

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has revealed his fondness for former-club Liverpool, despite understanding that fans were upset with his departure.

Torres left Liverpool in the January transfer window in 2011, departing for £50m - a British transfer fee record - to Stamford Bridge. The Spain international has struggled to settle with the Blues, and failed to replicate his stunning form for the Reds.

The Spaniard paid tribute to ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, and made it clear he thoroughly enjoyed his four years on Merseyside.

"I owe very much to Liverpool, their fans, Benitez…Liverpool is a main part of my life," Torres told Spanish newspaper El Pais. "I know I'm not well-considered now, but I'm sure that will change in the future."

The former-Atletico Madrid striker also revealed there was perhaps move behind his transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea than meets the eye.

"Finally, I decided to leave because it was a step in my career. It was not the best way of leaving, but it was not the way they sold it. Someday people will know the truth."

Torres was part of a fantastic Liverpool team under Benitez, playing alongside the likes of Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard. And the Spain international was a goalscoring machine for the Anfield club.

But since moving to Chelsea, Torres has struggled, managing to net just 18 goals in 79 competitive appearances for the Stamford Brdige side.

But Chelsea currently sit top of the Premier League table, and Torres has looked more comfortable without the presence of Didier Drogba at Chelsea.

The Spain international has found the net with great regularity this campaign, and should get plenty more chances playing in front of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar.

In contrast, Liverpool have struggled for goals, and Brendan Rodgers faces a difficult few months after Fabio Borini fractured his foot on international duty with Italy under-21's.

The former-Roma striker's injury leaves the Anfield club with just one senior striker, Luis Suarez.

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