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“Halfway through last season, I distanced myself from the values I had grown up with,” said Torres. “I had team-mates who didn’t care if the team won or lost because they were not playing. I never wanted to be like that.
“[But] one day I discovered that I was like them, that it didn’t matter if we won or lost if I was not playing. I wasn’t part of the group.”
Torres said that he was particularly helped in improving his outlook by Paulo Ferreira, a team-mate who has spent much of the past four seasons in and out of the team.
“I discovered that I was not happy because I had stopped being what I had always wanted to be,” said Torres. “In the dressing room, you can never lose that group concept. But I learnt to look at myself and to realise that the only person that can change is you.
“I became more mature, I came to know myself better and became conscious of the fact that it depends on me. I learnt to be more self-critical, to understand everyone better and to accept the situation.
“I learnt that if we won it didn’t matter that I hadn’t played. When I retire the only thing that concerns me is that no one can say that I was a bad team-mate or disrespectful or self-important.”
Asked if he was still glad that he moved to England in 2007, Torres said: “Definitely. Not just because of the professional experience but the personal one too.
“I owe Liverpool a huge amount. Liverpool is a fundamental part of my life. They don’t remember me that way, but time will change that.
“I could not have chosen a better place to go. The other day when the news broke about Hillsborough, I felt emotional.
“I have experienced that, I know what the people have been through, I have seen them cry. I’ve lived that, I made it mine. My son is a Liverpool fan.”