Fernando Torres claims Liverpool presented him as a traitor over Chelsea move

Fernando Torres celebrates scoring for Liverpool

The Spanish striker is clearly still unhappy about the way his exit from Anfield was handled by the club.

Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres looks dejected after the game

Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has revealed in a new book, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, that he feels as though he was unfairly presented as a traitor by the club before and after his £50 million move to Chelsea in January 2011.

Torres was once the hero of Reds fans, an adoration which stemmed from his tremendous goalscoring record; the Spanish striker scored 72 goals in his first three seasons at the club.

However, midway through the 2010-11 campaign it became clear that he was pushing for a move away from the club under Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish, and he was ultimately sold to Chelsea on January transfer deadline day.

Liverpool's Fernando Torres with manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

The public nature of Torres' desire to leave has soured the memory of his time on Merseyside for many Liverpool fans, but the player himself has insisted that he was hard done by.

Now, in a new book by Simon Hughes called 'Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – the players’ stories', Torres has claimed that the position of the club at the time - struggling, and having just sacked Hodgson - led to his departure, but that he was portrayed as having betrayed the club.

He told Hughes, via the Liverpool Echo: "They wanted to bring in young players, to build something new. I was thinking to myself, this takes time to work. It takes two, three, four, maybe even 10 years. I didn’t have that time. I was 27 years old. I did not have time to wait. I wanted to win.

Fernando Torres celebrates scoring for Liverpool

"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."

In the event, Liverpool ultimately got a pretty good deal out of Torres leaving. The Spaniard was never the same again after leaving Anfield, and the Reds signed Luis Suarez for less than half of the £50 million they received for the Spaniard.

Suarez would ultimately score 82 goals in 133 appearances for Liverpool, compared with Torres' 81 from 142 games.

Martin Skrtel celebrates with Fernando Torres.

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