Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has revealed that he still believes there is a special bond between him and the Liverpool supporters, something that made him a Kop idol in his three-and-half year stay at Liverpool.
Torres scored 65 goals in his 102 appearances for the club and is still considered as one of the greatest ever strikers to play at Anfield. If he hadn’t left the way he did, Torres’ name would have definitely been up there with the likes of Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush.
Torres’ controversial move to Chelsea did not do him any good at it was probably the worst spell of his glittering career. El Nino is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid and he spoke about his relationship with the Liverpool fans ahead of his return for the Steven Gerrard testimonial game to be played tomorrow.
Torres told the club’s official website, “I’m not sure. I will say to everybody that what the media says about the relationship between Liverpool fans and me after I left was not the reality. Everybody knows the kind of reaction Liverpool fans had when we met on the street in London or when I went back to Liverpool – everybody gave me thanks for everything I did in Liverpool. That is what I feel for them.
“For me, Liverpool fans are always going to be different; I had probably the best period of my career wearing the red shirt and all my memories are great. I have nothing bad to say about them and I never will – they treated me like one of them and I felt at home in my time there.
“It is going to be amazing going back; hopefully the reception will be better than the one I had when I went with Chelsea. But it doesn’t matter what happens really. Liverpool fans are part of my heart and my feelings – everything I felt when I was a Liverpool player is inside me and no-one is going to take that away from me.”
Torres’ departure did not hurt Liverpool as they had signed Luis Suarez just days before. The Liverpudlians will have the chance to witness the duo play together tomorrow remembering what could have been had Torres stayed at the club. The Spaniard himself revealed that he is looking forward to playing alongside Suarez, “Of course. I saw what Luis did in his time at Liverpool and it was amazing, just amazing. Luis is a good friend – we have a good relationship and good friendship.
“We were sitting together for two days at Melwood when I was leaving and he was coming. We made good friends and we are still in touch now. I also know what it means to him to go back to Anfield and play there again. It will be great to play up front with him, especially with Stevie G behind us,” he added.