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Jamie Carragher and John Terry have spoken about the errors they believe Chelsea made in handling Fernando Torres.
Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool; Chelsea spent £50m on his signature.
The Spaniard scored a hugely impressive 81 goals in 142 games for the Reds between 2007-2011 but he failed to spark in the same manner at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher and Terry both agreed he should not have played in the game.
“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.”
Source: The Mirror