Chelsea striker Fernando Torres looks back at his Liverpool years with fondness. Whilst he has received more winners medals with the Blues, his individual form was never greater than when he wore the iconic Red for the Anfield side. The Spaniard has even said that legendary captain Steven Gerrard and himself were "made for each other."
In a recent interview with So Foot, Torres implied that the catalyst for his desire to discuss other opportunities was founded on the dismantling of what was a terrific team, including talents as diverse as deep-lying quarterbacking midfielder Xabi Alonso and midfield destroyer Javier Mascherano.
The ambitious striker wanted titles and the big-name departures from the Kop inhibited the club's ability to compete, leaving Torres to swap red for blue.
He said: "At Liverpool, I had almost everything but titles. There, I felt like a king but the team was falling apart. The directors had sold Mascherano to Barca, 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."
His relationship with Gerrard, though, ensured he left Liverpool with a heavy heart.
"One day, Steven Gerrard came to say to me: 'Fernando, now, you have to think of yourself. Do what you have to do.'
"But when I went to tell him that I was going to accept the Chelsea offer, it destroyed him."
He added: "Announcing my departure from Liverpool to Gerrard was one of the most difficult moments of my career. He was my best team-mate and I am not sure of finding another like him in the future.
"We were made for each other."