Fernando Torres accuses Liverpool of betrayal over Chelsea transfer
Former Liverpool star Fernando Torres says the club betrayed him over his £50m transfer to Chelsea.
The Spaniard claims he was portrayed as a traitor by the club after his 2011 switch to Stamford Bridge, but says that was not the way the deal happened.
While he admits that he had expressed his unhappiness at the direction the club was heading – and in particular his concerns that incoming owners Fenway Sports Group were putting trophies on the backburner in favour of long-term building – in a meeting with then manager Kenny Dalglish, he claims that discussion only took place after Liverpool had opened negotiations with Chelsea over his sale.
And he accuses someone at Anfield of a leak that painted him as the villain.
In an extract from Simon Hughes’ new book Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – The Players’ Stories, quoted in the Liverpool Echo, Torres said: “It was presented as if I was a traitor. It was not like this in the discussion(s).
“Liverpool could not admit they were doing something wrong with the whole team. They had to find a guilty one.”
Torres said he was betrayed by briefings that he had verbally requested to leave.