In particular, both players left their teams because they felt they could not achieve their career goals at that team.
Torres came to Liverpool in the summer of 2007, which was just after Liverpool lost in the Champions League final to A.C. Milan. He could see they would be competing for top honors, so he would never need to leave that club solely because Liverpool could offer him a chance to win titles.
However, in January, Torres left to join Chelsea because he felt Liverpool was going through a rebuilding period and he could not sacrifice the best years of his career trying to build Liverpool up to where it once was, rather than adding titles to its history.
James left Cleveland after seven years at the Cavaliers because he felt like the Cavaliers could not build a team in which he could win titles. Both players left their respective teams because of ambition, and while James will be playing in the NBA Finals this season, Torres' Chelsea squad did not win any titles this campaign.
As Torres was leaving Liverpool, Luis Suarez was on his way in from Ajax and finished the season looking like one of the best players in the Barclays Premier League.
Two reasons Luis Suarez will have a bigger impact on Liverpool's ability to succeed than Fernando Torres ever could:
1. The arrival of Fenway Sports Group, Kenny Dalglish, and Damien Comolli, has drastically changed the transfer policy from that of Hicks and Gillett as well as Rafa Benitez.
2. There has been a significant change in the style of play from when Rafa Benitez managed the team to now with Kenny Dalglish, which has resulted from changes in the squad and in the management.
Read on for more on these big changes.