Jamie Carragher has said what every Liverpool fan already knew: that Fernando Torres essentially stopped trying when he decided he wanted to quit the Reds for Chelsea.
Torres had been arguably the best striker in the Premier League for two seasons, but when he grew tired of life at Anfield he began to mope around the pitch, as if he would rather have been ducking shrapnel in Baghdad than taking Reds fans’ money to entertain them.
Liverpool are currently battling another want-away striker in Luis Suarez.
Carragher admits that Suarez has had his “head turned” by Real Madrid in the same way Torres lusted after Chelsea. And to be frank, the Scouse icon understands why Suarez would want to move to the Bernabeu.
After all, Liverpool finished in seventh place in the Premier League last season, while Madrid almost challenged for the Spanish title, and are permanent contestants in the Champions League.
Suarez is one of the best players on the planet, and Carragher does not begrudge him the chance to shine on the stage his talents deserve.
But Carra also thinks there is a vast difference between El Pistolero and El Nino, and that if for some reason Suarez is forced to stay at Liverpool for one more season, he won’t treat the club with the disrespect that Torres did.
Suarez is a footballer first, who lives his passions out on the field, and Carragher is convinced the Uruguayan international would give his all for Liverpool, unlike a certain pouting Spaniard.
"I do believe that Suarez is a slightly different character to Fernando Torres," said Carragher told Sky TV.
"The thing about keeping unhappy players is an issue because we had that experience with Torres and keeping him wasn't the right thing to do. Torres wasn't the same player for about 18 months and that's certainly what you don't want.
"There were times, I believe, when Torres wasn't giving his best on the pitch for Liverpool and that is why it was a mistake to keep him.
"I don't think that will happen with Suarez, simply because of the player he is, but it is something you must be aware of. Obviously, it is a difficult situation if a player has had his head turned, but someone at the club would have to deal with it."
"Luis is one of the best players in the world and when Real Madrid come calling, it will obviously turn a player's head," Carragher added.
"He's obviously had his head turned, but which player wouldn't.
"They are probably the most famous club in world football, they have the record of winning all those European Cups and let's not forget, they took Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United and United had just been in the Champions League final.
"It's not easy for any club when Real Madrid want one of your players and it's a difficult situation for the club, but if Luis went, it would be top money.
"If he was to be sold, it would be up to the club to make sure that the money was spent in the right way, after maybe not doing that when Torres went.
"If a player wants to go, it doesn't mean the club has to accept it. He signed a contract, so it's the club's decision more than Luis's. They either wait for a bid they think is acceptable or they decide to keep him because he is Liverpool's best player and they want to build a team around him. It's not in Luis's court, it's in Liverpool's court."