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17 Nov 2011 20:46:55

Torres defends Anfield exit

Fernando Torres has told Liverpool fans they are unaware of the real reasons behind his transfer to Chelsea.

Torres swapped Anfield for Stamford Bridge in January in a move that disappointed Reds supporters, who turned on the Spaniard when the clubs met just days later. But Torres insists there are reasons behind the move that have yet to be made public and also heaped praise on former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.

"Liverpool's fans have stuck with the story the club gave and they don't know the real story," he told the Spanish newspaper Marca.

"I don't feel bitter towards them, they will always be special for me.

"I owe so much to Rafa Benítez, no one understood me like him. He's a great coach. His teams go out with just one thing in mind: compete.

"Even with a smaller budget his teams can compete with the best."

Chelsea and Liverpool meet once again in Sunday's showdown at Stamford Bridge and Torres knows his side can ill-afford a further setback in the Barclays Premier League.

"Against Liverpool we can't allow ourselves to drop more points. It will be special," he said.

"Liverpool are a team in transition and you can't do that overnight. You need time.

"They've made an effort economically and, like any project, it needs time to bed in."


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