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Pepe Reina defends Fernando Torres for departing Liverpool

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has defended Fernando Torres' decision for joining Chelsea after four trophyless seasons at Anfield.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres shakes hands with former Liverpool team-mate Pepe Reina
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres shakes hands with former Liverpool team-mate Pepe Reina

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Torres incensed some Liverpool fans with his explanation that he signed for Chelsea because he wanted to win trophies and some burned his number nine shirt in protest.

But Reina believes there was nothing to be done but wish the striker good luck and urged Kop fans to remember the good times Torres brought them.

He told The Guardian: "Anyone who plays for Liverpool is proud to have done so – and Fernando certainly is.

"It was a hard decision, maybe the hardest Fernando has ever had.

"Those calling him a mercenary are wrong. They should remember great afternoons of football he gave us and the goals. Besides, he cost £23 million and left for £50 million.

"Football is about opportunities. It's understandable that Fernando wanted to improve and compete for titles. The reality is Chelsea offered him something that, right now, Liverpool couldn't."

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