Former Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia believes their failure to win trophies is one of the main reasons behind Fernando Torres wanting to leave the Merseyside club for Chelsea.
Reports suggest the defending Barclays Premier League champions are set to table an improved £50m bid for the Spain striker ahead of tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline, after Liverpool rejected an initial offer and a transfer request from the player himself.
Garcia played for Liverpool from 2004 to 2007, leaving just a day before Torres joined the Reds from Atletico Madrid, but is friendly with his compatriot and feels a lack of success has left him restless.
He told BBC Five Live: “Torres left Atletico looking for trophies and titles and he has not achieved any of them and maybe it is time to think about it (a move).
“Liverpool are in a position where they are struggling in the league and maybe with all the changes they have done it is a good moment (to leave).
“I think Torres is a fantastic player and Chelsea are struggling a bit in the league and maybe that’s what they need now. Someone different, someone who can give them more impetus.
“One player cannot change a team but it will help a lot.”
Despite Torres’ desire to secure a move away from Anfield, Garcia believes the forward will find it tough to leave Liverpool.
“It’s always a difficult move. I know he loved his move to Liverpool and I am a bit surprised that he wants to move to Chelsea,” he continued.
“I think it would be very hard for him. He loved Atletico but left to join Liverpool and that was difficult, but he did it because he was convinced he would achieve everything he wanted.
“I think it will be difficult for him and the Liverpool fans.”