Carragher : Liverpool had kidded Chelsea with Fernando Torres transfer

Jamie Carragher has revealed he was not at all shocked that Fernando Torres failed to live up to his £50million price tag at Chelsea. 

Chelsea forked out a British transfer record to sign Torres in January of 2011, but Carragher says he knew the forward was a shadow of his former self and that proved to be the case as he netted just 20 goals in 110 league outings. 

‘I couldn’t believe it, what I mean by that was I knew we had kidded Chelsea,’ Carragher revealed on Sky Sports

‘What I mean by that is I’d played with Torres, for the last 12 months, he was a shadow of his former self.’ 

‘I think for 18 months at Liverpool he was the best striker in the world. And I think he had such a good record against Chelsea that it obviously stuck in the owner’s mind.’ 

‘Not so much a manager because the manager changed so often at Chelsea. At that stage, Chelsea were still a club where the owner was buying players who he wanted.’

‘I think [Andriy] Shevchenko was a similar case as well.’ 

‘What happened for us, and was very fortunate for Liverpool, was we played Chelsea that season, we weren’t having a great season, Torres having a really poor time but he scored two against Chelsea and I think we won 2-0 or 3-0 under Roy Hodgson at Anfield. ’

‘And I think the decision was probably made then for Roman Abramovich, “As soon as January comes we’re going for Fernando Torres”. ’

‘Now £50 million was major money at that stage and we were all in a state of shock.’

‘But we could not believe we got £50 million and we ended up doing probably something similar in some ways ourselves in buying Andy Carroll for £35 million, but we did get Luis Suarez out of it. ’

‘But I was not surprised at all it didn’t go well for Fernando Torres at Chelsea.’


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