Fernando Torres: 'Steven Gerrard destroyed by my Liverpool departure'

Fernando Torres of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Liverpool and FC Porto at Anfield on November 28, 2007
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Fernando Torres reveals that Steven Gerrard was "destroyed" when the Spaniard chose to leave Liverpool for Chelsea in 2011.

Fernando Torres has revealed that Steven Gerrard was "destroyed" by the striker's decision to leave Liverpool for Chelsea.

The Spaniard has admitted that he opted to move to Stamford Bridge in January 2011 because he felt that time was running out for him to win silverware.

In an interview with French magazine So Foot, Torres said: "One day, Steven Gerrard came to say to me, 'Fernando, now, you have to think of yourself. Do what you have to do.'

"But when I went to tell him that I was going to accept the Chelsea offer, it destroyed him. Announcing my departure from Liverpool to Gerrard was one of the most difficult moments of my career.

"He was my best teammate and I am not sure of finding another like him in the future. We were made for each other."

Torres failed to recreate the same form at Chelsea following his £50m transfer, and is now being linked with a summer move away from Jose Mourinho's side.

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