Remember this, Liverpool fans?

After a completely mad day of transfer deadline day rumour, Fernando Torres has finally left Liverpool and signed for Chelsea, in a £50million deal that freed up the funds for the Reds to purchase Geordie striker Andy Carroll for an eye-watering £35million.

The transfer, which has seen some Liverpool fans burn the Spaniard’s shirt live on telly, will go a long way to easing Chelsea fans' fears about both this season and whether Abramovich had decided to become little more than a wealthy spectator. With this and the £25million spent on centre-back David Luiz the Blues have strengthened in the two key areas that needed strengthening, and could reignite their faltering title defence.

‘I'm so, so happy and so, so proud to be here, finally, after these 12 days of conversations,’ said Torres on Chelsea TV. ‘But, at the end of the day, I can say I'm a Chelsea player and I'm really, really happy. This is the kind of team I like to play against because that motivates me, but it's the kind of team I want to play for. It's always very tough playing against Chelsea, it's one of the biggest teams in Europe, always fighting for everything.

‘So, after this, there are no more steps forward. This is the top level. The target for every footballer is to try and play at one of the top-level clubs in the world, and I can do it now. I have to be very, very happy as I am. The last three or four days have been very hard for me, especially after everything I have lived in Liverpool.

‘But, as I said before, I can say I'm a Chelsea player now. I'm really happy and I'm sure I am doing one big step forward in my career joining a club like Chelsea. This is a great club, a real responsibility and everyone is expecting great things about me and I'm prepared and ready for the challenge.’

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