Spanish striker claims Liverpool turned him ‘into a traitor’

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres was once upon a time a Liverpool legend before making a £50 million move to Chelsea in 2011.

Torres failed to replicate the form he showed at Liverpool during his time at the Blues but did win a host of winners medals.

The Spanish striker has decided to spill the beans on what went on behind the scenes during those years in new book entitled Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century.

Torres reveals that the Reds new owners Fenway Sports Group and their Sporting Director Damien Comolli wanted to sell him and invest his transfer fee in bringing in younger players to the squad.

The experienced striker stated that they then tried to pain him as a traitor when really he was just a convenient person to blame for their actions.

“Comolli told me that the new owners had an idea of how to spend their investment,” Torres was quoted as saying by the Irish Independent.

“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 discussion. Liverpool could not admit they were doing something wrong with the whole team. They had to find a guilty one.”

Torres was one of the most highly rated strikers in European football during his time at Liverpool and scored 65 goals in 102 games for the Reds giving him a ratio of 0.64 goals per game.

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