Fernando Torres: Liverpool are bigger than Chelsea

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FERNANDO Torres has stunned new club Chelsea by saying they’re not as big as Liverpool

But he says he still had to swap red for blue, because his season had gone “black”.

Torres admits Liverpool coaches Sammy Lee and Steve Clarke urged him to stay at Anfield, but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

The £50million striker, who had a subdued Chelsea debut on Sunday as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Liverpool, said: “Liverpool will always be very special to me.

“Because of its history, Liverpool is a bigger club but it’s going through a difficult time.

“I had three special years at Liverpool but in the last six months I lost that happiness, that dream, the desire, the will to have targets and goals.

“The moment I knew of Chelsea’s interest I was first in the training ground and told the sporting director and the manager, I explained my situation. Sammy Lee and Steve Clarke have both been players so they understood my position as a player but insisted that this was not the moment.

“I didn’t choose the moment. When everything was black and the season was going from bad to worse; when nothing went according to my expectations neither on a personal nor on a collective level; when you see that there are six months left that will be very long and very hard.

“And when you see a door open like that of Chelsea with a firm interest and strong there was only one possible and realistic option and that was to join them.”