Torres defends Liverpool exit

Torres swapped Anfield for Stamford Bridge in January in a move

that disappointed Reds supporters, who turned on the Spaniard when

the clubs met just days later. But Torres insists there are reasons

behind the move that have yet to be made public and also heaped

praise on former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez. “Liverpool’s

fans have stuck with the story the club gave and they don’t know

the real story,” he told the Spanish newspaper Marca. “I don’t feel

bitter towards them, they will always be special for me. “I owe so

much to Rafa Benitez, no one understood me like him. “He’s a great

coach. His teams go out with just one thing in mind: compete. “Even

with a smaller budget, his teams can compete with the best.”

Chelsea and Liverpool meet once again in Sunday’s showdown at

Stamford Bridge and Torres knows his side can ill-afford a further

setback in the Premier League. “Against Liverpool we can’t allow

ourselves to drop more points. It will be special,” he said.

“Liverpool are a team in transition and you can’t do that

overnight. You need time. “They’ve made an effort economically and,

like any project, it needs time to bed in.”