Did Chelsea really destroy Fernando Torres?

Jack Rau takes a look at the conundrum of Fernando Torres, Chelsea’s number 9, asking if Liverpool knew they were selling a dud?

As the English media in particular has not hesitated to reiterated to the world almost weekly Fernando Torres has not had the best of times at Chelsea.

As a result, the common theory amongst fans and even to some extent the media is that (it seems) Chelsea FC have made him lose all his talent whether it be his teammates, managers, fans, the board or anything else remotely connected to Chelsea FC

Now, in my eyes the English media is extremely cruel and biased. Chelsea don’t benefit from the bias whilst teams such as Manchester United get a free pass through controversy.

A while ago now I believe Guillem Balague reported that Liverpool had kept important details and updates of Fernando’s knee from Fernando (around 2009 this started) after surgery so he could be played, as he was really their main man much like Suarez is to them now.

The World Cup comes up and Fernando’s tournament was summed up in the final minute of the Final where Spain cleared the ball and Nando went to sprint and pulled his hamstring and the look on his face after might I add is really quite sad.

Fernando did not need another injury.

Along comes January 2011 and Torres requested to move to Chelsea early on, however it appears to me that Liverpool don’t properly recognise this until Jan 29. As we all know Liverpool don’t accept and offer until late, but the move pushes though.

The interesting part is that as there was such little time (as Liverpool planned) Torres could not have a proper medical so Chelsea rushed through a very rough one. According to Balague, Liverpool even expected Torres to return as they assumed Chelsea would have noticed the problems (which they would have, if there was time)

What makes me wonder how this story didn’t get as much recognition and attention as most is that after Torres left when all the questions were being fired at him about why he left Liverpool he stated that there were things that happened at Liverpool where he felt “betrayed” and he claimed he wasn’t ready to talk about them just yet; but would at some point

Personally, I think the extent of his injury was withheld from Torres and he found out at some point causing a desire to leave Liverpool.

I acknowledge that Chelsea were somewhat foolish taking a gamble, but they simply didn’t have the time to assess all the factors properly with a rigorous medical.

What do you think, were Liverpool just doing business or did they cross a line?

image: © Ben Sutherland

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