Torres move to Chelsea didn't 'destroy' Gerrard, it destroyed Torres

Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres asserted today that his £50m move to Chelsea ‘destroyed’ Reds captain Steven Gerrard.

The 30-year-old Blues striker spent three and a half years at Anfield until signing for Chelsea in January 2011 for a price tag of £50m.

“One day, Steven Gerrard came to say to me, "Fernando, now, you have to think of yourself. Do what you have to do," Torres told French magazine So Foot.

“But when I went to tell him that I was going to accept the Chelsea offer, it destroyed him.”

Torres scored a total of 81 goals across 142 appearances during his spell at Liverpool from 2007-2011, and was included in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year in his first two seasons as well as being included in the UEFA Team of the Year in 2008 and being awarded Third Place in the Ballon d’Or in 2008 behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The Spanish striker scored an average of more than a goal every two games for Liverpool who had signed him from Atletico Madrid for around £20m. Upon signing for Chelsea for more than double that figure, Torres’s form dropped considerably.

In his first half-season in 2011, Torres managed just one goal in 18 appearances, and his poor form continued. In total he has scored 45 goals for Chelsea across 172 appearances which is roughly a goal every four games. His effectiveness and threat in front of goal has halved.

In his three and a half years at Anfield, Torres made 47 appearances for his country compared to the 20 he has been granted since moving to Chelsea. He has not made an appearance for Spain in 2014, although he is included in the Spain squad for the World Cup this summer in Brazil, but his last outing in a Spain shirt competitively was in their 10-0 win over Tahiti at the FIFA Confederations Cup last year. He will compete with David Villa, Pedro, Fernando Llorente, Alvaro Negredo, Diego Costa and Gerard Deulofeu for a place up front this summer.

Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard has been plying his trade at Anfield, business as usual. In the years whilst Torres was playing in the Liverpool team alongside the skipper, Gerrard scored 61 goals from midfield across 157 appearances in those three and a half years. Since Torres left in January 2011, Gerrard has scored 37 goals across 134 appearances.

Whilst the number of goals has decreased, Gerrard has a better goal to game ratio across that period than Torres has for Chelsea. Gerrard has since been named captain for his country and the Liverpool legend leads England to the World Cup this summer at the age of 33.

I would argue, if Fernando Torres’ move to Chelsea destroyed anyone, it was Fernando Torres.

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