Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has spoken of his emotion after returning to Anfield for the testimonial of former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, Sky Sports has reported.
Torres spent three-and-a-half years on Merseyside, moving from Atletico in the summer of 2007 before leaving in controversial circumstances for Premier League rivals Chelsea, returning to his first club via a short loan spell at Serie A side Milan.
The 31-year-old was part of Gerrard’s all-star match, playing for the skipper’s team against a side led by Jamie Carragher, with the likes of Luis Suarez, Pepe Reina and Xabi Alonso, all ex-Liverpool players, and guests including Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba and Gael Clichy, as well a selection of current Reds such as Lucas Leiva and Mario Balotelli, also taking part.
Torres, having been jeered by the home support when he returned to play for Chelsea, was on this occasion given a warm welcome, including a rendition of the song the Liverpool supporters traditionally sang in celebration of the Spain World Cup winner, and Torres admitted he was touched by the reception.
“It was very emotional. I didn’t know how to react,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting them to sing the song.
“I still remember the great games we had here at Anfield in the Champions League, in the league and fighting for trophies,” Torres added. “I have the song in my head, it was so important for me.
“Those three-and-a-half years changed my entire life and career. I remember the song from the Kop in important games. To hear that once again is something I will never, ever forget.”
The match ended in a 2-2 with Gerrard, who is ending his Liverpool career this summer and moving to the LA Galaxy, scoring two penalties to overturn a 2-0 deficit.
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