Chelsea were ‘kidded’ by $97m flop

Liverpool knew they had “kidded” Chelsea when they flogged them Fernando Torres for AU$97 million, revealed Jamie Carragher.

The Anfield legend, 42, claimed the striker was a “shadow of his former self” when he moved to Stamford Bridge in 2011.

Torres established himself as one of the best strikers in the world after he joined Liverpool from Atletico Madrid in 2007. The Spaniard scored 56 goals in his first 79 Premier League games, but struggled for form in his final season with the Reds.

And Carragher has insisted he “couldn't believe” the Blues forked out a huge $97 million to sign the struggling star.

Fernando Torres signed for Chelsea in 2011.Source:Getty Images

Speaking on a call with Blues legend John Terry, Carragher said: “I couldn't believe it.

“I knew we had kidded Chelsea. Those last 12 months, he was a shadow of his former self.

“For 18 months at Liverpool, he was the best striker in the world, and I think he had such a good record against Chelsea that obviously stuck in the owner’s mind.

“I think the owner was still buying players who he wanted, (Andriy) Shevchenko was another case.

“What happened that was fortunate for Liverpool, that season we played Chelsea, and we weren’t having a great season and Torres was having a really poor time but he scored two against Chelsea.

“I think the decision was made then – as soon as January comes, we are going for Fernando Torres.

“£50 million was major money at that stage and we were all in a state of shock, we could not believe we had got £50 million.

“We ended up doing something similar ourselves in buying Andy Carroll for £35 million (AU$68 million), but we did get Luis Suarez out of it.

“I was not surprised at all that it didn't go well.”

Jamie Carragher played 508 matches for Liverpool during his 17-year professional career.Source:Getty Images

Terry believed the Torres signing would mark a new era of dominance for his side – but it didn’t work out that way with El Nino scoring just 20 times in 110 games for Chelsea.

The former England skipper added: “He was the one that I hated playing against, he always seemed to score.

“He was the one player that Roman (Abramovich) would always kind of ask about.

“Yossi (Benayoun) was quite close to him and he said, ‘Lads, Fernando is on his way’, we were like, ‘No way’.

“We thought we were going to dominate the Premier League and Europe for the next five or six years.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun was republished with permission

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