Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has opened up about the ‘welcome to England’ treatment he received from future team-mate John Terry.
The Spanish striker made his full Premier League debut against Chelsea in August 2007, getting on the scoresheet in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
But Torres, who went on to score 33 goals in all competitions that season, admitted that the Blues defence tried to rough him up.
Picking on hard-nosed skipper Terry in particular, the former Spain international insisted that the centre-back gave him plenty of stick – but he chose to get on with the job.
Fernando Torres had a hard time from John Terry and Chelsea on his full Liverpool debut
Speaking to FourFourTwo back in 2008, he said: “That’s part of football and it’s a part I enjoy. There are lots of things that go on that no one really sees.
“You get veterans who try to intimidate opponents and make sure the new boys aren’t on their game.
“They try to make them feel scared or break their concentration.
Torres went on to score on his home debut for Liverpool against Chelsea
“Terry is a great player with lots of experience who does what it takes to win, just as he did that day.
“But it was a huge game for me and I wasn’t going to allow him to break my focus.
“You have to stand up for yourself and and you have all your team-mates behind you who will stand up for you.”
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Torres also joked more specifically about what Terry said to him, adding: “That first month, whatever he said to me, however hard he tried, I wasn’t going to have a clue what he was going on about.”
The Atletico Madrid icon went on to join Chelsea from Liverpool in 2011, but he failed to replicate his fine goal scoring antics in west London.