Liverpool Can Only Blame Themselves for the Departure of Fernando Torres

Josep Vernet-RieraCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Fernando Torres of Liverpool walks off the pitch dejected after defeat in the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on November 28, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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After decades of football, fans have failed to understand one thing: 

Football players don't play to entertain you, they play to earn themselves a living.

Fernando Torres, formerly of Liverpool FC, may have given signs or said that he'd stay through thick and thin, but Figo and even José Mourinho did the same thing for Barcelona.

These situations are always hard to accept, and it's even more difficult to accept when your team is one of Europe's most storied clubs. But things change, football changes and history is made every day.

Liverpool FC is, without any doubt, one of the greatest clubs in the world. But if we were to analyze these last 20 years, the Reds wouldn't make it to the European top 10.

Liverpool haven't won the Premier League since 1990.

Twenty years.

You can look at the Champions League in 2004, the UEFA Cup in 2001 and the two Supercups that followed, but no matter what, Liverpool hasn't dominated in England. 

The Reds live in the past, and even after 20 unsuccessful years (at least domestically), their fans haven't understood that you can't move forward if you're constantly looking backward. 

While archrivals Manchester United have dominated the Premier League, many other clubs have tried to overthrow them. Wenger's Unbeatables and Mourinho's Chelsea were the only teams that we could safely say were stronger than United.

Otherwise, the "Prem" is United's to lose, in every sense.

Liverpool fans still believe that they're in the same league as clubs like Chelsea and United, but they aren't. 

Whilst these clubs are topping England and are serious contenders for European titles, Liverpool is far from this situation.

Now, Torres is working for himself. He doesn't owe Liverpool anything, nor does Liverpool owe him anything. 

Torres is getting a bigger paycheck, and he'll have a better chance at winning multiple titles throughout his career. 

Simply put, he's a worker who is going to get a bigger salary in a more successful company.

You can't blame him.

If Liverpool had established themselves as the powerhouse that they once were, then Torres would have stayed, but there is only one way to do that. 

It's up to the fans and the management of the club to decide if Liverpool wants to become a leading side, or a museum. 

Let's hope for the best.