So has Fernando Torres been proved right to leave Liverpool?

Fernando Torres went from hero to villain when he quit Liverpool for Chelsea. But has he been proved right to do so?

Fernando Torres will not be welcome on Merseyside any time soon, but the chances are he may not regret leaving.

For last night's Europa League win saw him add another trophy to his incredible collection, which includes a World Cup and two European Championships with Spain.

On a club level last season he collected the Champions League and FA Cup, and is now among European football's most decorated players.

To do that, he had to turn his back on the hero worship of the Liverpool fans who idolised him, and were then kicked further in the teeth when their club spend the majority of the money accrued from his sale on Andy Carroll.

It would have been an easy choice for Torres to stay at Liverpool, given the way he was so revered at Anfield, and the very reason he made that tough decision to leave was because he wanted to win trophies.

Having spent time at one of Spain's 'nearly clubs' Atletico Madrid, Torres did not want to sit their watching on as rival English clubs hoovered up the trophies, he wanted to be part of it.

Unfortunately his time at Chelsea has been tougher than he ever could have imagined. He is no longer the dynamic striker he was in his pomp at Liverpool, and has not scored a Premier League goal since December.

The worst thing about that goal drought is that it is hardly surprising, reflecting the way his Chelsea career began.

But in the Europa League he has been a different striker, with six goals in nine games since the Blues entered the competition this spring, and last night proved with his goal in Amsterdam that he is still capable of being a game-changing striker when it matters.

There is also another reason why Torres elected to move to Liverpool, and that is he realised he was losing the touch which marked him out as a £50 million player.

For at a side like Chelsea it is easier for him to be carried along to success and chip in occasionally, while at Liverpool he was expected to drag them towards it, something that injuries had left him unable to do in his final one-and-a-half seasons at Anfield.

Torres may look back and ask himself about the path not chosen, staying at Liverpool, but whatever would have happened had he remained, in terms of medals it would surely not have lived up to the success he has enjoyed at Chelsea.

Just like Robin van Persie made the tough decision to walk out on Arsenal last summer for Manchester United, and was instantly repaid with a Champions League medal, the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League medals in Torres' collection will give him all the vindication he needs that he made the right choice.

Did Torres do the right thing two years ago? Has he been proved right to leave Liverpool?

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