John Aldridge: Fraudulent Fernando Torres spat in the face of Liverpool FC fans
FERNANDO TORRES is a fake and a fraud who has spat in the faces of the Liverpool supporters who idolised him.
In his book the striker talked about how much it meant to him to be a Liverpool player. He spoke about the history and tradition of the club and how much he loved the city.
He seemed to embrace Liverpool's values but now we know he didn't mean it. It wasn't real and I'm sure he will be saying the same things about playing for Chelsea.
Torres is simply a mercenary who has gone for a huge pay rise.
Liverpool fans stuck by him through thick and thin this season. They made excuses for his poor performances about his injuries still affecting him.
But all the time Torres was taking the club and the fans for a ride.
Once he had put in a transfer request Liverpool were right to let him go. There's no point keeping someone who doesn't want to be there.
My five-year-old grandson refused to put his Torres shirt on over the weekend because even he was disgusted with him.
Torres will say he's gone to Chelsea to win trophies but there's no guarantee he will achieve that there.
Okay, they have a better squad than Liverpool but they are in transition as well.
The timing of his decision to demand a move was terrible but then maybe Liverpool are better off without him.
To be honest, he had been doing my head in all season. I was sick and tired of seeing him mope around the pitch and being out-battled and out-fought.
There has only been one game this season that he won for us and that was Chelsea at home which looking back he obviously just put a shift in to try to impress them and get the move he wanted.
Torres is gone now and with the money we've raised from selling him and Ryan Babel we've signed two quality centre forwards in Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.
That's very shrewd business by Kenny Dalglish.
I've always been a massive fan of Carroll who is the best up and coming young striker in this country.
He's made huge strides in a short period of time. He's like a better version of Duncan Ferguson who was a terrific player. He's excellent in the air, has a good touch and plays with a lot of passion.
When he made his England debut against France I thought he was terrific and Liverpool have got a great prospect. He's proved his quality over the past year and has changed more games single-handedly for Newcastle in that time than Torres did for Liverpool.
People have questioned the price tag of Â£35million. Of course we paid over the odds for Carroll but it's all relevant. After all Torres was overvalued as well.
Getting Â£50million for a player who hasn't performed over the past 12 months is good business. It wasn't long ago people were saying we would be lucky to get Â£30million for him.
He's been hampered by injuries and Chelsea have taken a big gamble. The question is can they turn him back into the player he was when he first arrived at Anfield?
Carroll is an honest lad and he won't shirk the responsibility of leading the line like Torres did.
He will hold it up a lot better and he will fight for the club. His aerial ability will be key at both ends of the pitch.
Carroll's goal scoring record of one in every two games is very good for a young striker and Suarez's is even better than that.
From what I've seen of the Uruguayan I've been very impressed.
I think they will compliment each other really well.
Their partnership might take a little while to bed in but if they hit it off they will do a lot of damage.
We've got two new strikers who could give us a lot more than we got from Torres.
After all we weren't getting much from him.
I've got to say in difficult circumstances Kenny and Damien Comolli have done a great job.
In off-loading Babel and Paul Konchesky they have got rid of two players who were just not good enough for Liverpool Football Club.
Reluctantly, they sold Torres but in his place we've signed genuine quality and there's reason to be optimistic about the coming months.
Extra dash of spice to key clash
LIVERPOOL maybe languishing in seventh place but Sunday's trip to Stamford Bridge has suddenly become one of the biggest games for a long time.
It's ironic that Fernando Torres' debut for Chelsea looks set to come against us and it certainly adds a lot of extra spice to the match.
It's a massive boost to have Jamie Carragher back fit ahead of schedule and I'm sure he will relish the opportunity to mark Torres.
I know we've kept clean sheets in our last two games but Carragher has been really missed since he dislocated his shoulder against Spurs back in November.
We need him back out there.
It's an intriguing game and there's no doubt Chelsea are vulnerable. They are an ageing team with chinks in their armour.
Everton gave them a great run for their money in the Cup last weekend and were unlucky not to win. They caused Chelsea a lot of problems and it's just a shame Andy Carroll isn't fit.
Chelsea's home form hasn't been great this season and if we defend properly there's no reason why we can't get a victory.
Buzz will be back at Anfield
I EXPECT there to be a real buzz around Anfield tonight.
Fernando Torres may have gone but we've just signed two quality strikers in his place and we have to look to the future.
The game against Stoke marks the start of a new chapter in Liverpool's history.
After the morale-boosting wins against Wolves and Fulham it's crucial we keep the momentum going.
Stoke are very direct and we need to be up for the physical battle.