Jamie Carragher, like millions around the world, watched Fernando Torres damage Atletico Madrid’s chances of reaching the Champions League semi-final when he was sent off in the first half against Barcelona.
Carragher, Torres’ former Liverpool teammate, agreed that the striker should have been sent off. And, when explaining his viewpoint, Carragher quite oddly hinted at a falling-out between the pair.
The two spent four seasons together at Anfield before Torres departed for Chelsea in a £50 million deal. The 32-year-old was a fan-favourite on Merseyside after becoming the fastest player in the club’s history to score 50 league goals but Torres was in search of trophies, and left Liverpool to find them.
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Carragher, on the other hand, is one of a rare breed to have spent his entire career at one club.
Perhaps Torres’ departure to Premier League rivals Chelsea irked the former England international?
Carragher was explaining his view on Torres’ red card when he wrote on Twitter in response to a fan: “He’s not my mate I can assure you!”
Carragher won the Champions League during his time at Liverpool but never managed to get his hands on the Premier League title.
He came agonisingly close when Torres’ 14 league goals weren’t enough, Liverpool finishing four points behind winners Manchester United.
But there has been no public falling out, unlike the one Carragher has experienced with former Red El Hadji Diouf.
Torres was the villain
Carragher watched Torres go from hero to villain in Atleti’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday.
The striker scored in the 25th minute but committed fouls on Neymar and Sergio Busquets in the space of six minutes.
Yet Carragher could see why Torres made the tackle on Busquets, and believes the sending off was actually caused by Busquets’ mis-control. Scroll down the page to watch the red card, and make your own mind up.
Carragher jokingly added that, instead of attempting to dispossess Busquets, he had images of his stunning goal for Chelsea at the Camp Nou in 2012.
He wrote on Twitter: “Torres's second yellow card, was it not Busquets slight miss control & him being the last man that enticed Torres to make the challenge?
“It was clumsy & it was a yellow, but in terms of saying it was stupid I just think he saw a chance to be in on goal.”
When asked why he was debating it if he thought it was a second yellow, Carragher replied: “My point is I could understand him making the challenge!”
And what would Carragher have done if he was in Busquets’ boots?
“I’d have passed it back to the keeper!” he joked.
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