Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has spilled the beans on why he left Liverpool for Chelsea in 2011, and slammed the Reds for portraying him as a traitor.
The Spaniard left the Merseyside club for Stamford Bridge for a then British transfer record of £50 million (R672 million).
In a book entitled Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – The Players' Stories, Torres revealed why he left Liverpool the way he did.
"(Director of football Damien) Comolli told me that the new owners (FSG), they had an idea of how to spend their investment," Torres said.
"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."
The striker also revealed that he asked to leave Liverpool only once he started talking to Chelsea, but added that a source within the club leaked information to the media stating that he "verbally requested" a transfer.
"It was presented as if I was a traitor," Torres continued.
"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."
Torres made 142 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool during his time at Anfield, and managed to score 81 goals in his time there.
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