Fernando Torres claims it was necessary for him to leave Liverpool for rivals Chelsea but conceded his time at Anfield was the "peak" of his career.
The former forward broke fans hearts when he jumped ship midway through the 2010/11 season in favour of a move to Stamford Bridge.
Until then Torres had been adored by the Liverpool faithful and had struck up a great partnership in attack with captain Steven Gerrard.
But once Chelsea came calling Torres knew his time on Merseyside was up, but he has now explained the reasons behind his departure.
“It was the peak of my career [at Liverpool],” Torres told talkSPORT. “I arrived in a new city when I didn’t speak any English, but everyone at the city and the club made me happy. It was only happy times.
“But the club was about to be sold and it was a difficult moment; they were selling all their players and they started bringing in young players.
“It was another six or seven years to create a winning team and I didn’t have that time."
Torres joined Liverpool in 2007, just two years after the club won their fifth European Cup in the miracle comeback in Istanbul and immediately after they had reached another Champions League final.
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However despite running Man Utd close for the Premier League title in the 2008/09 season, Torres eventually ended up leaving Liverpool without any silverware to show for his efforts.
In that time he had developed a reputation as one of the fiercest strikers in Europe, scoring 81 times in 142 appearances for Liverpool.
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And Chelsea showed how much they appreciated Torres' talents by stumping up £50million for his signature, but ultimately Torres' best form was behind him.
While Torres failed to hit the same heights for Chelsea as he had at Anfield, his move was justified as he won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup in a blue shirt.
He added: "I needed to find my own way and that was going to Chelsea. I thought that was the club to offer me more chance of winning trophies.”
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