But that £3.5m switch turned sour and left the then England international realising he had made a massive mistake.
And Scales, 44, is convinced Torres will one day feel exactly the same about his controversial decision to suddenly swap Merseyside for SW6.
He told the Daily Star: "When I left Liverpool, it was my head saying I needed to move and get back to London.
"My heart was saying to stay. I let my head rule the heart and ended up regretting it.
"And I'm sure the same will happen to Torres."