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Torres: Gerrard backed me over Liverpool exit

FERNANDO Torres says Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard backed him over his decision to leave the Anfield club for Chelsea.

Gerrard was the on the verge of making the same move in the summer of 2005 after lifting the Champions League trophy with the Reds.

And Torres says that his former team-mate has supported him from the moment Chelsea registered their interest in signing him 10 days before the close of the transfer window.

"He [Gerrard] was one of the first ones who called me and supported me and was hoping the best for me if anything happened," said the new Chelsea number nine.

"Maybe he was was helping me and supporting me because he was in that situation himself, I don't know. But he has been a very good friend and team-mate from the first day until the last one."

When asked if Gerrard had pleaded with him to stay at Anfield, Torres replied: "No he only wanted the best for me so he made me make the decision and he told me he would be with me and it didn't matter what decision I made."

But Gerrard stance differed with that of his employers as the Blues' new striker revealed the Liverpool board had asked him to change his mind.

Torres added: "They didn't want me to leave, they tried to ask me to stay but I told them my decision was taken and I was never going to change my mind.

"When you the chance to join a team that can achieve the Champions League and win the Premier League and you are in the right age to do that you can't say no."

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Was poor today but it's only his first game. He will need to up his work rate and spirit. Was a bit subdued and too respectful. If it was any other team but Liverpool, Torres would have been in Agger's face about that elbow. He would told the referee off a few times too. His shooting has been subpar all season too. His standards are high so it's silly to pick on a player missing a few shots here and there but it just doesn't seem like he's striking the ball as well in front of goal this year.

Apparently Ancelotti said in an interview after the game that Torres and Luiz were the future of Chelsea. Besides being a post game platitude, do you think this is a hint that Ancelotti may drop Drogba soon? I fear Torres may not work well with another similar forward. He's better alone up front or at the very least the main man in the middle. Anything else and it's wasting him.

Will be interesting to see him play with Spain this week. Hopefully he'll slot a couple in and erase this game from his memory.

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Was poor today but it's only his first game. He will need to up his work rate and spirit. Was a bit subdued and too respectful. If it was any other team but Liverpool, Torres would have been in Agger's face about that elbow. He would told the referee off a few times too. His shooting has been subpar all season too. His standards are high so it's silly to pick on a player missing a few shots here and there but it just doesn't seem like he's striking the ball as well in front of goal this year.

Apparently Ancelotti said in an interview after the game that Torres and Luiz were the future of Chelsea. Besides being a post game platitude, do you think this is a hint that Ancelotti may drop Drogba soon? I fear Torres may not work well with another similar forward. He's better alone up front or at the very least the main man in the middle. Anything else and it's wasting him.

Will be interesting to see him play with Spain this week. Hopefully he'll slot a couple in and erase this game from his memory.

He's never been a major workhorse. You're not going to see him pressure pressure pressure. That's not usually his game. That's why Kuyt was good for him because he did a lot of the dirty work.

Yes he was too respectful. Normally that elbow would have pissed him off, he would have been raging at the ref. TBF Liverpool closed him down immediately but they weren't too dirty about it.

The game is over, he can now completely move on from Liverpool and look forward.

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He's never been a major workhorse. You're not going to see him pressure pressure pressure. That's not usually his game. That's why Kuyt was good for him because he did a lot of the dirty work.

Yes, I know, but it wouldn't hurt to put in a little bit more. I don't want him to run around like a headless chicken or Steven Gerrard but he needs to offer himself more to give his teammates more options. It's not enough to just point to the goals, he has to help his teammates out. Especially as the team struggles to create.

Oh well, it's onto Anfield for next season then. And you know how well he does there :eyebrows:

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Yes, I know, but it wouldn't hurt to put in a little bit more. I don't want him to run around like a headless chicken or Steven Gerrard but he needs to offer himself more to give his teammates more options. It's not enough to just point to the goals, he has to help his teammates out. Especially as the team struggles to create.

Oh well, it's onto Anfield for next season then. And you know how well he does there :eyebrows:

I agree but I'm not even sure he knew where to offer himself to be honest. 3 days of practice with a new team with a manager trying to figure were to put him. I don't want to kiss the feet of Kenny but maybe he was right to keep the biter out of this game until he got his feet wet with the team more.

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