Jamie Carragher has revealed Liverpool gamers had been in a ‘state of shock’ when Chelsea bid £50million for Fernando Torres, claiming he all the time knew the transfer wouldn’t work out because the striker was a ‘shadow of his former self’.
In probably the most well-known offers in Premier League historical past, the Blues swooped in to signal the Spaniard from Liverpool for a then membership document payment in January 2011.
Nonetheless, regardless of profitable the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League throughout his time at Stamford Bridge, Torres’ transfer to Chelsea in the end proved to be a catastrophe as he scored simply 20 objectives in 110 Premier League appearances for the Blues.
And Reds icon Carragher, who performed alongside Torres at Anfield, admitted he was surprised when Chelsea got here calling for Torres – particularly for such an enormous value.
“I couldn’t imagine it,” Carragher instructed Sky Sports activities in an interview with Blues icon John Terry. “What I imply by that was I knew we had kidded Chelsea. I’d performed with Torres; for the final 12 months, he was a shadow of his former self.
“I believe for 18 months at Liverpool he was one of the best striker on the earth. And I believe he had such a superb document in opposition to Chelsea that it clearly caught within the proprietor’s thoughts.
“Not a lot a supervisor as a result of the supervisor modified so typically at Chelsea. At that stage, Chelsea had been nonetheless a membership the place the proprietor was shopping for gamers who he wished.
“What occurred for us, and was very lucky for Liverpool, was we performed Chelsea that season; we weren’t having an amazing season, Torres was having a very poor time, however he scored two in opposition to Chelsea and I believe we gained 2-Zero or 3-Zero below Roy Hodgson at Anfield.
“I believe the choice was most likely made then for Roman Abramovich, ‘as quickly as January comes we’re going for Fernando Torres’.
“Now £50m was main cash at that stage and we had been all in a state of shock. Hear, we had been gutted that Torres was gone however I believe all of us knew he was by no means going to be the identical participant.”
Carragher continued to say that that he thought Carlo Ancelotti’s determination to start out Torres in opposition to Liverpool in his first match was a ‘huge mistake’.
“I keep in mind his first recreation was truly in opposition to Liverpool,” added the previous defender..
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“It was my first recreation again after I dislocated my shoulder and I believe Ancelotti put him straight in. I all the time thought it was an enormous mistake placing him straight in as a result of it was Liverpool.
“Liverpool followers had been giving him stick, Chelsea followers nonetheless not loving him, however clearly he’s a brand new participant, they don’t know an excessive amount of about him. And I simply thought he ought to by no means have performed in that recreation.
“I do know he was the big-money signing. Would which were strain from above on Carlo Ancelotti to play him in that recreation.
“I all the time thought it was an enormous mistake. We gained the sport, he obtained loads of stick and I’m positive it affected him.”
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Terry dismissed the notion that there was strain on Ancelotti to start out Torres from the membership’s hierarchy, however prompt the Italian’s determination to squeeze him right into a line-up with Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka broken his confidence.
“I’m unsure it might’ve been strain from above,” the five-time Premier League winner mentioned in response to Carragher.
“Carlo positively wasn’t that sort of supervisor to hearken to the board in the event that they had been sort of pushing. We sort of modified our formation, actually. I believe it was Didier and Fernando up entrance with Anelka in behind.
“We had three unbelievable strikers and we tried to suit them in collectively. We had sufficient hearth energy in Didier and Anelka, whether or not Anelka was huge or simply behind, to then carry Fernando on later within the recreation which might’ve been a superb affect for him, I believe.
“But it surely appeared after that recreation his confidence was shot to bits, to be trustworthy.”