Fernando Torres has admitted that he left Liverpool because he felt the club was lacking in ambition. Torres stated that although he enjoyed his time at Anfield, he felt he needed to leave as the club was in transition and he wanted to win titles.
The Chelsea striker didn’t have to wait long to get his hands on silverware at Stamford Bridge and has lifted both the Champions League and the Europa League in recent seasons. The Spanish striker did admit however, it was a difficult decision to leave the Reds.
Speaking to French Magazine So Foot, Torres said :
“At Liverpool, I had almost everything but titles. There, I felt like a king but the team was falling apart. The directors had sold Mascherano to Barca, then Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid without investing any of the money to compensate for the departure of these two key players.
I was 27, I wanted to know what it was like to lift the Champions League and I had the feeling it was not going to happen with the Reds. Liverpool then was in full transition, the club was being sold and in that case, unless you are Manchester City or PSG, it can be a long road before you are again competitive.
I did not have the time to wait. One day, Steven Gerrard came to say to me: ‘Fernando, now, you have to think of yourself. Do what you have to do.’
But when I went to tell him that I was going to accept the Chelsea offer, it destroyed him.
Announcing my departure from Liverpool to Gerrard was one of the most difficult moments of my career. He was my best team-mate and I am not sure of finding another like him in the future. We were made for each other.”
Torres has not looked like the same player since he left Liverpool and there is more speculation about his future this summer with a move back to Athletico Madrid currently being mooted.