Mention the name Fernando Torres to Liverpool fans and they don’t quite know how to react.
The Spaniard was one of the greatest strikers in the Reds' history during his three-and-a-half year spell, scoring 81 goals in 142 appearances.
However, he turned from fan favourite to a villain on Merseyside after he swapped Anfield for Chelsea in January 2011 in a deal worth £50 million.
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However, Liverpool fans may not know the true behind Torres’ move.
But, in an interview with Simon Hughes - who is set to release a new book entitled: “Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – the players’ stories” - Torres has revealed all.
The prolific goalscorer has admitted that he felt as though he was portrayed as a “traitor” following his controversial move and claimed that he was “betrayed” by those in power at the club.
Torres has detailed his conversation with chief executive Christian Purslow in the summer of 2010 and, then, Damien Comolli after he was appointed as director of football.
The striker wanted to know if they were considering selling him ahead of a planned takeover from New England Sports Ventures (later to become Fenway Sports Group).
However, he was told that they had no intention of getting rid of him because they wanted their best players to stay to keep their value high.
Torres' conversation with Comolli
“Comolli told me that the new owners (FSG), they had an idea of how to spend their investment,” Torres said, per the Liverpool Echo.
“They wanted to bring in young players, to build something new. I was thinking to myself, this takes time to work. It takes two, three, four, maybe even 10 years.
“I didn’t have that time. I was 27 years old. I did not have time to wait. I wanted to win. Here we are five years later and they are still trying to build – around the same position in the league as when I left.”
So, Torres left for Chelsea and became a hated figure amongst Liverpool supporters.
However, he claims that it was Liverpool that started negotiating the deal before he himself agitated it, and he believes a leak from the club ““changed the view of everybody, including myself”.
“It was presented as if I was a traitor,” says Torres. “It was not like this in the discussion(s).
“Liverpool could not admit they were doing something wrong with the whole team. They had to find a guilty one.”