Fernando Torres insists his transfer to Chelsea, and not Manchester City or Manchester United, shows his loyalty towards Liverpool.
The Spaniard angered the club's fans by pushing for a move to ply his trade at Stamford Bridge, and the Reds eventually agreed on a British transfer record fee of £50 million to let go of his services.
And having turned from hero to villain on Merseyside, the former Atletico Madrid man justifies his loyalty by insisting that he did not move to either United or City.
"I did not want to go to Manchester City or Manchester United. I could never do that, out of loyalty to Liverpool," said Torres, according to The Mirror.
Torres has only one Spanish second division winners' medal to show for a prolific goal scoring club career, and had mentioned on more than one occasion that he wished to win trophies following his move to Anfield in 2007.
But three-and-a-half years without any medals with changes at all levels of the club appears to have prompted to seek glory elsewhere.
"But the Liverpool I left was not the same club as the one I joined. I did not understand the path the club was following.
"It's not as if I was the first to leave the club in the last few years. Look at [Xabi] Alonso, [Javier] Mascherano, [Alvaro] Arbeloa, [Albert] Riera, [and manager Rafael] Benitez. Some 20 or 30 left, all to improve themselves.
"I did not imagine leaving Liverpool but then the Chelsea train passed by and I had to catch it because of the dream I have of winning. I want to win the Premier League and I felt I had to go."
But Torres's move to Stamford Bridge has been far from ideal, as he is yet to score his first goal for his new employers.
"The first few weeks were not easy for me," Torres added. "I do not know London, have spent time looking for somewhere to live and it's all been a bit of a mess.
"It's a much bigger city then Liverpool and that takes getting used to, not knowing if it will take 40 minutes to get to training or a lot longer if the traffic is bad.
"But I know my best years in the Premier League are still to come. I'm sure of that.
"What I want to do now is settle down, be quiet, stop thinking about other things and enjoy my life.
"We have the chance to win the title and the Champions League. Four weeks ago I didn't have that and now I feel close to what I want.
"All my life I have sought to win - win titles. I was lucky enough to win the World Cup but as a footballer you want to win with your club, with the players you train alongside every day.
"I am away from home but Chelsea gives me the chance to achieve those goals year after year. Over the next 50 years they will be fighting United and Arsenal for trophies."