Club Focus – Chelsea – North-South divide intensifies as Torres makes Chelsea bow against Liverpool

Chelsea versus Liverpool is always a big match-up on both teams’ fixture list. Given the recent domestic and European rivalry between the clubs it is normally one of the games that draws the eye on first glance of the Premier League calendar. Even more so, the eyes of the world will be on this Sunday’s fixture at Stamford Bridge between the Blues and Reds after a chaotic week of transfer speculation, culminating eventually on Monday’s deadline day with Chelsea signing Liverpool’s talismanic Spanish striker Fernando Torres for £50m – the largest transfer fee ever paid by a British club.

With new boss Carlo Ancelotti already confirming that Torres, who signed a five-and-a-half deal, will make his first Blues appearance against Kenny Dalglish’s resurgent Liverpool, it seems the prospect of facing his former team-mates on his Chelsea debut does not phase Torres, who netted 81 times during his three-and-a-half year spell at Anfield.

On completing his record breaking move, the 26-year-old said: “I will never say anything bad about Liverpool. I have been very happy there but now the history is different and I am playing for Chelsea.”

Torres, nicknamed ‘El Ni

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