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Fernando Torres admits he expects to be subjected to a torrent of hate from Liverpool fans on Sunday.

But the former Anfield striker has warned those supporters who have made him public enemy number one that they still don’t know the real story behind his departure.

The Spain international was revered as a Liverpool great for his exploits in his first three seasons at the club, but that all turned sour when he demanded a move to Chelsea in last January’s transfer window.

By forcing the situation, which led to a £50million British transfer record, he left a bitter taste in the mouth of most fans, but Torres has now argued there were deeper, unspoken reasons for his departure.

“Liverpool’s fans have stuck with the story the club gave and they don’t know the real story,” he said.

“They have only paid attention to what the club made them see and they don’t know the true story of my transfer to Chelsea.

“That’s why I don’t hold any grudges – they will always be special to me.

“I am sure they will boo me more even more than England fans fans did at Wembley, but I don’t feel bitter towards them.”

Torres has claimed he was misled by Liverpool when he agreed to stay on in the summer of 2010, despite being pursued by both Chelsea and Barcelona.

That led ultimately to his determination to leave, even when new owners Fenway Sports Group took over with a promise of major investment.

Some thought it odd the striker would turn his back on the club he professed to love, just as it became clear they had money to fund the search for honours.

The Spaniard’s first game for the Blues came against Liverpool, and painfully, he was subjected to gleeful taunting as the Merseyside team ran out surprise winners.

Torres admits his club can’t afford to lose again to his old team if they are to stay in the title hunt.

“Against Liverpool, we cannot allow ourselves to drop more points,” he said.

“It will be special. Liverpool are a team in transition and you can’t do that overnight. You need time.

“They’ve made an effort economically and, like any project, it needs time to bed in.”

Source: Mirror

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