Fernando Torres has finally opened up about Liverpool and the controversial transfer saga in 2011.
In a new book written by Simon Hughes called“Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – the players’ stories, Torres explains how Liverpool turned the fans against him.
The Atletico Madrid star says he feels betrayed by the Reds, after a private meeting with Kenny Dalglish regarding his future was leaked to the media.
TORRES SPEAKS OUT
“It was presented as if I was a traitor. It was not like this in the discussions”, said Torres.
“Liverpool could not admit they were doing something wrong with the whole team.”
“They had to find a guilty one.”
The trust was broken and Torres was on his way to rivals Chelsea for a record £50 million. The transfer backfired on the Spaniard, who dramatically dipped in form and confidence during his time with the Blues.
Liverpool had just been bought by Fenway Sports Group, and their long-term vision had taken a major shift.
In a meeting with director of football Damien Comolli, Torres revealed that he was no longer in Liverpool’s plans.
“Comolli told me that the new owners (FSG), they had an idea of how to spend their investment,” said Torres.
“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 at the 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.”