Jamie Carragher says Fernando Torres’ ‘time was done’ before Chelsea paid Liverpool £50million for the striker.
Torres moved to Stamford Bridge in January 2011 after making clear his desire to leave Anfield following a hugely successful career with Liverpool.
But the Spain striker never recaptured the form that made him one of the world’s most feared centre-forwards, with Chelsea getting only 20 Premier League goals in three and a half seasons from their record signing.
Carragher reckons a torrid debut against his former club set the tone for his Chelsea career.
He told Sky Sports: “We didn’t want to stop Torres signing for Chelsea. His time was done – £50m was more than enough.
“We couldn’t believe it. I was shocked by the money they paid. I knew he’d wanted to go from the summer, he hadn’t had a great 18 months, he went in the January, but his one good game that season was against Chelsea at Anfield when we beat them 2-0 and he scored both.
“We knew he wasn’t the Torres when he’d first arrived.
“I thought it was a mistake by Carlo Ancelotti to play him in that game. He’d just signed, it’s against Liverpool. It’s a big game, I didn’t feel sorry for him but to go in against your old club, getting a lot of stick, I think it affected him for his whole time at Chelsea.”