Fernando Torres opens up on difference between Liverpool and ‘cold’ Chelsea

Fernando Torres has opened up on his decision to leave Liverpool for Chelsea in 2011 – describing the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge as “more cold” than Anfield.

Torres enjoyed great success in his time at Liverpool, bagging 81 goals in 142 appearances for the Merseyside club after joining from Atletico Madrid in 2007.

But on transfer deadline day in January 2011, the Spaniard sealed a shock £50million switch to Premier League rivals Chelsea – a British record fee at the time.

It’s fair to say he didn’t justify that price-tag in west London, scoring a mere 45 goals in 172 games after not finding the back of the net in his first 903 minutes for the Blues.

And Torres admits he looks back on his time at Liverpool with much happier memories, waxing lyrical about the club’s “family” structure.

"Liverpool was the peak of my career. I arrived in a new city and didn't speak English," the 36-year-old told talkSPORT.

"Everybody liked me so much from the first day. I spent three and half years with the club. Only happy times, scored goals and won the European Championship with Spain.

"The relationship with fans and players was similar to Atletico Madrid. The players and supporters are really close and this is what I needed.

"I was ready when I left, though. When I left Atletico it was with the target of winning trophies. It was a difficult situation for the structure of the club at Liverpool.

"They were about to be sold. They needed five or six years to create that winning team. I didn't have that time.

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"Liverpool was a huge club, though. But inside it was like a small family. From the workers and gardeners and the cooks. You could meet them every day.

"Chelsea was a huge structure and it was a bit more cold. It was still being built and everything was new."

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