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Ex-Red believes potential move would be hard for Merseysiders to take

Luis Garcia has admitted that he is surprised to see Liverpool forward Fernando Torres wanting to join Chelsea.

The 26-year-old made a move from Atletico Madrid to the Merseyside outfit in 2007, and hit the ground running to become a firm fans' favourite at Anfield.

However, the Spain international recently handed in a transfer request as the west London club are thought to be close to landing the forward.

Goal.com recently revealed exclusively that the Reds have asked for Nicolas Anelka to be included in a £50 million deal for Torres.

But another Spaniard who won the backing of the Kop, Luis Garcia, is surprised by this turn of events. Garcia joined Liverpool from Barcelona in 2004 and returned to Spain, and his former club Atletico Madrid, in 2007. He is currently with Panathinaikos in Greece but was part of the deal that took Torres to Anfield.

He told BBC Radio 5Live: "I know he loved his move to Liverpool and I am a bit surprised that he wants to move to Chelsea.

"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."

Despite winning the European Championship in 2008 and the World Cup in 2010, Torres has not found any significant success at club level with either Atletico or Liverpool - he has won nothing apart from a lone second division triumph with the Spanish club.

"Torres left Atletico Madrid looking for trophies and titles. He has not achieved any of them and maybe it is time to think about a move," said Garcia, looking at things from the player's viewpoint.

"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, so 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."

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