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Fernando Torres says Chelsea move destroyed Steven Gerrard

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Fernando Torres says telling Steven Gerrard of his impending move to Chelsea was one of the hardest thing he's ever had to do.

The Spanish international left Liverpool to join the Blues in a British-record £50m transfer in January 2011 leaving fans and teammates alike feeling agast.

No one was more shocked by the move than captain Gerrard, who Torres says was left devastated by the news.

Quoted by the Daily Star, Torres said: "One day, Steven Gerrard came up to me and said; 'Fernando, now you have to think about yourself. Do what you have to do.'

"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 so sure of finding another one like him in the future. We were made for each other."

Torres' move to Stamford Bridge has been far from successful. In three-and-a-half seasons, the 30-year-old has managed just 20 Premier League goals for Chelsea. That's compared to the 65 he scored for Liverpool in the same amount of time.

Regardless of his success at Chelsea, Liverpool cannot deny they were disheartened to see their star man sign for a rival. Torres has revealed that the club's policy for selling star players left him with little option.

Torres said: "At Liverpool, I had almost everything - except titles.

"There I felt like a king, but the team was falling apart.

"The directors had sold [Javier] Mascherano to Barcelona, then Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid, without investing any of the money to compensate for the departure of those two key players.

"I was 27, I wanted to know what it felt like to lift the Champions League and I had a feeling it was not going to happen at Liverpool.

"Liverpool then was 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. I did not have time to wait."

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