By Jordan Seward For Mailonline
Published: 13:59 BST, 15 September 2020 | Updated: 14:50 BST, 15 September 2020
Fernando Torres has revealed he left Liverpool to sign for rivals Chelsea back in 2011 because he was 'lied to by the club's owners' and was running out of time to win trophies.
The Spaniard moved to Liverpool from Atletico Madrid in 2007 and spent four years at the club where he established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League before moving to Chelsea in a £50million deal.
Torres' January deadline-day move was met with huge shock at the time but the now retired 36-year-old has lifted the lid on why he decided to leave Anfield.
Fernando Torres was prolific during his four-year spell at Liverpool between 2007 and 2011
The striker's deadline-day £50m move to rivals Chelsea in January 2011 came as a huge shock
American businessmen George Gillett and Tom Hicks had owned Liverpool during much of Torres' time at the club but they were forced to sell in 2010 to Fenway Sports Group after racking up huge debts and their working relationship broke down.
Torres admitted that the precarious financial situation the club had found themselves in was a significant contributing factor to him departing.
'I was really happy at Liverpool but if you remember at that time the club was about to be sold and it was a very difficult situation,' he told