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Fernando Torres shocked Liverpool fans chanted his name

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Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres admitted he was shocked to hear the Liverpool fans chanting his song during Sunday's all-star charity match at Anfield.

The Spain international, who spent three-and-a-half-years with Liverpool before securing a shock £50 million move to Chelsea in January 2011, said hearing the Reds' faithful chanting his name again was a very emotional experience.

The majority of Liverpool fans fell out of love with Torres after he decided to leave Anfield for Chelsea four years ago - but it now appears to be water under the bridge judging by this weekend's unexpected turn of events.

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Torres surprised by reaction

"It was very emotional, I didn't know how to react," Torres told Liverpool's official website, according to ITV Sport. "I wasn't expecting them to sing the song.

"I still remember the great games we had here at Anfield in the Champions League, in the league and fighting for trophies. I have the song in my head, it was so important for me.

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"Those three-and-a-half years changed my entire life and career. I remember the song from the Kop in important games. To hear that once again is something I will never, ever forget."

Torres, who appeared as a second-half substitute, was part of the XI captained by Steven Gerrard and managed by Brendan Rodgers.

They took on Jamie Carragher's XI, managed by former Liverpool manager Roy Evans, and in the end it was honours even - with the teams playing out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Torres' love affair with Liverpool turned sour

Torres fell in love with Liverpool after joining the Merseyside outfit from Atletico in 2007, but his relationship with the club turned increasingly sour towards the latter months of his spell at Anfield.

In January 2011 came the moment all Liverpool fans had feared: Torres submitted a formal transfer request in a desperate bid to leave the Reds for Chelsea.

Despite Liverpool's best attempts to keep him at Anfield, they reluctantly agreed to sell the prolific striker after receiving a then-British transfer record offer of £50 million, which subsequently allowed them to complete a £35 million deal for Andy Carroll.

Torres was a disaster at Chelsea

Carroll was an unmitigated disaster of a signing for Liverpool, while Chelsea didn't fare much better with Torres.

The Spaniard, widely regarded as one of the world's great strikers prior to his move to west London, scored a hugely disappointing 20 goals in 110 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, and a total of 45 goals in 172 matches.

The 31-year-old is now in the process of rediscovering his form and confidence back at the Vicente Calderon, where he is on loan from AC Milan.

Should Torres have stayed at Anfield?

Who knows what might have happened had he stayed with Liverpool - he was on course to establish his status as one of the greatest strikers of the Premier League era, but will instead be remembered as one of the most expensive flops in English football history.

Liverpool fans: do you forgive Fernando Torres for leaving the Reds for Chelsea? We want to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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