Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has taken a subtle dig at Liverpool, claiming that Fernando Torres was one of two kings at Anfield while there were as many as 22 kings at Stamford Bridge, reports the Mirror.
The Spaniard completed a controversial £50 million move to west London in 2011 but failed to prove his credentials as he was unable to find his best form for the club.
Torres, of course, starred alongside Drogba at Chelsea, but the former failed to emulate the latter's success at the club. Having previously been recognised as a hero on Merseyside, Torres failed to come to prominence throughout his stint at the Bridge.
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Drogba, then, has hinted that Torres was incapable of producing the goods at Chelsea because there were so many star names already at the club.
"With all due respect to Liverpool, at that club, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres had been the kings," Drogba says in his new book, Commitment.
"At Chelsea, there were twenty-two kings."
Never the same
Torres' decline in the game has been debated for some time now, but no one will ever quite understand why one of the world's best strikers suddenly lost his edge.
Fitness perhaps played its part, but the former speed demon never quite looked comfortable playing for Chelsea. It may well have been different had Torres stayed at Liverpool, but his days at Anfield are now well and truly in the past.
Now, back at Atletico Madrid, we have seen glimpses of the Torres of old, but two goals in 10 league appearances this season is hardly going to get his fans excited.
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