Chelsea striker Torres grateful for Liverpool experience

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is grateful for his experience at Liverpool.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is grateful for his experience at Liverpool.

Torres admits it was not a straightforward decision to leave Anfield, where he had become an important player after his £26.5million transfer from Atletico Madrid in July 2007.

"I owe Liverpool a huge amount. To the people, to the men in charge, to Benitez and his staff, to the city. Liverpool is a fundamental part of my life. They don't remember me that way, but time will change that," he said.

"I could not have chosen a better place to go when I left Atletico.

"My son is a Liverpool fan and he was already kicking a ball before he was one. He was born in the football city; he had no choice."

Torres added: "I decided to leave because I had to take a step forwards. It wasn't the best way to have gone, but nor were things exactly as they were sold [to people].

"One day the truth will come out. In a sporting sense, nothing was happening; a new project was needed. We talked about that - about growth."

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