Fernando Torres went from icon to traitor in a matter of mere days during the January of 2011, as the much loved Liverpool striker informed the club of his desire to pursue a transfer to Chelsea. A deal was completed on the final day of the transfer window, despite Liverpool’s reluctance to sell, with Chelsea paying a British record £50 million.
Torres made his Chelsea debut against Liverpool only a week later and was taunted by the infuriated travelling support at Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard had scored 81 goals for Liverpool, but there was no time for sentiment following this apparent betrayal.
But while most on Merseyside will never be willing to forgive Torres for the way in which he forced a transfer, the 30-year-old claims to still enjoy the adoration of a number of Liverpool fans who were never willing to abandon him.
Speaking to AS, the Chelsea striker explains that he has received ‘thousands’ of letters of thanks and well wishes from Liverpool fans since his departure to west London. He also tells a story from as recent as last season where he was greeted by one particularly thankful Kopite.
“When we went to play at Anfield last year, a man of more than 70 years old came to the hotel, almost in tears, and thanked me and wished me the best.” Torres said.
“There’ll be all sorts of opinions, but the Liverpool fans I’ve come across have had words of affection for me.”