Fernando Torres has poured fuel on the fire ahead of what promises to be a fraught encounter between Liverpool and his new employers, Chelsea.
Firmly drawing to a conclusion the three-and-a-half year long love affair he had with Liverpool, Torres claimed that there was no emotion involved in his decision to transfer to Chelsea, also saying symbolically that he had never kissed the Liverpool badge, The Guardian reports.
Speaking at his official unveiling as a Chelsea player, Torres told the assorted Press: “When you have the opportunity to play for a team who can win the Premier League and Champions League, and you are at the right age to do that and compete with the best, you can’t say no. I have to think about my career, and this is a step forward.”
Dalglish: Torres sale good business.
Kenny Dalglish is in sanguine mood following Monday’s transfer activity and looking ahead to Sunday’s clash with Chelsea.
The subplot following Fernando Torres’ departure from the club threatens to overshadow the Stamford Bridge fixture, but speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Dalglish attempted to reduce the tension surrounding the fixture since Torres’ transfer between the clubs.
“It’s disappointing for everyone at the club that Fernando has left and the timing of the move, but he came to that decision,” Dalglish said. “We had to deal with it, get on with it, and look after ourselves.” Despite Torres’ departure, Dalglish was adamant that the closing of the transfer window represented good business for Liverpool. “For us, all in all, last Monday was a very good day’s business.”
Suarez not feeling the pressure.
Judging a transfer from Eredivisie by his goalscoring record is risky business. As much as Manchester United celebrate Ruud van Nistelrooy’s contribution to their cause, his success is offset by the sense of dread Middlesbrough and Chelsea fans feel when they remember Afonso Alves and Mateja Kezman. Luis Suarez’s debut goal against Stoke, he hopes, is a sign of settling in to the rigours of Premier League football.
“I was aware that it would be tough to settle in and adapt with a quick rapid style of football, but having seen what I saw against Stoke let’s hope every game turns out like that,” he told skysports.com. Wearing the No. 7 shirt, he added, was “just something I fancied”. Whilst aware of its symbolic Anfield history, he said: “There’s no added pressure at all.”