Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres believes that he was unfairly turned into a traitor by the club.
Torres was sold for a British record fee of £50m to Chelsea, with reports at the time suggesting that he had been angling after a move for some time.
However, Torres rejects these accusations, claiming that Liverpool’s new owners had embarked on a long-term project that did not match his own career aspirations.
Now back at Atletico Madrid permanently, Torres’ career has never truly recovered from his dire Chelsea form. He still insists that he has no regrets about leaving Liverpool.
“Damien Comolli told me that the new owners, they had an idea of how to spend their investment,” Torres says in a new book ‘Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – the players’ stories’.
“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.
“It was presented as if I was a traitor. It was not like this in the discussions.
“Liverpool could not admit they were doing something wrong with the whole team. They had to find a guilty one.”