Is Chelsea striker Fernando Torres after a Liverpool return?

Fernando Torres

With Fernando TorresChelsea career in doubt, is the Spain international trying to engineer a return to Liverpool? His latest claims suggest he may be.

Torres left the Anfield club under a black cloud in January 2011, when he waited until the final few hours of the transfer window to declare he wanted to move.

Chelsea subsequently shelled out a British record £50m for the Reds’ crown jewel, but his three years at Stamford Bridge have been miserable – despite the club’s triumphs in competitions such as the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League.

From the outside looking in, Torres has never felt like he belonged, or played a key role in any of their trophy wins since becoming the most expensive player in British football history.

The Spaniard was part of the trio of forwards who left manager Jose Mourinho repeatedly exasperated last season, and Inter Milan have been linked with a move, as have former club Atletico Madrid.

However, Torres, who flourished into a truly world-class operator during his three-and-a-half years at Anfield, seems to be angling for a return to Merseyside, if comments over the last few months are anything to go by.

Torres has been on an unashamed charm offensive to rebuild his torn reputation with Reds supporters, and according to The Mirror, the 30-year-old told So Foot that he "felt like a King" during his days playing in front of the Kop.

"At Liverpool, I had almost everything but titles. There, I felt like a king but the team was falling apart. The directors had sold [Javier] Mascherano to Barcelona, 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.

"When I went to tell [Steven Gerrard] 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 teammate and I am not sure of finding another like him in the future. We were made for each other."

Speaking in March to coincide with his 30th birthday celebrations, Torres said in an interview with AS: "I played three-and-a-half years [at Liverpool] and they made me feel at home, as in the Vicente Calderon.

"The affection of the fans was tremendous and made me feel a quiet confidence. Last year we went to play at Anfield and a man over 70, almost in tears, thanked me and wished me the best.

"The [fans] have been sold something which isn’t reality. I’m sure it’s not easy to understand when a player leaves, but I have the thousands of letters I’ve received in London from Liverpool fans thanking me and now following me in another team."

However if Torres isn't simply recalling his former days, and is trying to curry favour once more with Liverpool fans, his words are unlikely to cut any ice with supporters of the five-time European Cup winners.

Where next for Fernando Torres? See the alternatives to Chelsea here.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch