The Spanish forward joined the Blues for a fee of £50m from Liverpool in 2011 but he struggled to recapture the form he showed at his best at Anfield
Jamie Carragher and John Terry have spoken about the errors they believe Chelsea made in handling Fernando Torres following his move to the club from Liverpool. Coutinho told he will get ‘Jurgen Klopp treatment’ if he signs for Chelsea.
Torres scored a hugely impressive 81 goals in 142 games for the Reds between 2007-2011 and Chelsea spent £50m on his signature.
He failed to spark in the same manner at Stamford Bridge, however, and especially struggled at the start of his spell, scoring just 12 times in his first season-and-a-half.
In an ironic twist of fate Torres made his Blues debut against Liverpool, receiving a great deal of stick from the away supporters, and he failed to make an impression and was substituted in the second half. “I remember his first game was actually against Liverpool,” Carragher said. “It was my first game back after I dislocated my shoulder and I think Ancelotti put him straight in. I always thought it was a massive mistake putting him straight in because it was Liverpool.
“Liverpool fans were giving him stick, Chelsea fans still not loving him, but obviously he’s a new player, they don’t know too much about him. And I just thought he should never have played in that game.
“I know he was the big-money signing. Would that have been pressure from above on Carlo Ancelotti to play him in that game? I always thought it was a massive mistake. We won the game, he got a lot of stick and I’m sure it affected him.” Terry added: “We kind of changed our formation, really. I think it was Didier (Drogba) and Fernando up front with (Nicolas) Anelka in behind.
“We had three unbelievable strikers and we tried to fit them in together. We had enough fire power in Didier and Anelka, whether Anelka was wide or just behind, to then bring Fernando on later in the game which would’ve been a good impact for him, I think.
“But it seemed after that game his confidence was shot to bits, to be honest.”