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Former EPL star would rather see Liverpool win the Premier League than Chelsea

Fernando Torres, now plying his trade in Japan, says he has feelings for both clubs, but Liverpool need a Premier League more

The 34-year-old admitted he wants to see the Reds win the Premier League ahead of his other former club Chelsea. Torres played for Liverpool between 2007 and 2011 before moving to Chelsea, where he remained till 2015, and said that he still has affections for both clubs. Liverpool pulled two points clear of the Blues on Sunday when the London club were held to a goalless draw by Everton after Jurgen Klopp’s side had beaten Fulham 2-0 at Anfield.

The two clubs appear to be the closest challengers to title holders Manchester City, but Torres’ support is leaning towards Merseyside. He told Sky Sports: “At Chelsea there are still some teammates that I played with but at Liverpool there is nobody there — only Alberto Moreno, who I played with at the national team. I am still in touch with the staff though so I wish them all the best. I know how important it is for Liverpool to win the Premier League. Hopefully they can win the Premier League and Chelsea can win it the year after.”

The striker now plays for Sagan Tosu in Japan after leaving boyhood club Atletico Madrid last summer. He scored 81 goals in 141 games for Liverpool, but enjoyed more success in terms of silverware at Stamford Bridge, winning the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup. The Spaniard continued: “I want both of them to win every game and when they play each other I won’t watch the game! I have feelings for both of them.

Liverpool was the best time in my career — I love the city, the supporters and the club. I am still in touch with them and they made me feel at home when I was there. And with Chelsea, they gave me what I wanted as a player – trophies. I have great memories of my time at Chelsea so it is difficult to choose.”

Authors take

You cannot blame Torres for choosing Liverpool over Chelsea, because sentiments play a big part in football. The Spaniard became one of the most feared strikers at Liverpool, while at Chelsea, despite all the trophies, he slipped into irreversible decline and was never adored or accepted by the fans. And be wouldn’t begrudge him such a wish, for he was part a Liverpool side that came oh so close to ending their decades-old league drought.

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