Fernando Torres’ Move is No Surprise to Former Liverpool Manager Roy Hodgson

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February 15, 2011

Former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has confessed to the media that he sensed star forward Fernando Torres would leave the team back when Hodgson was still at the helm at Anfield.

ESPN.com reports that although the Reds never wanted to see Torres leave, Hodgson said it was fairly obvious that Torres wouldn't stay on Liverpool forever, especially with the way the team had been playing and the number of other teams throwing out offers to him.

"When you have a player like Fernando who, in the summer we had to fight to keep at the club because even then he was being courted by other clubs, you then can't be that surprised I suppose when it happens in the January window," he said.

"Damien Comolli and I hadn't made plans for that" he added. "We thought we would have him until the end of the season at least, and I think that would have been the case had Chelsea not put such a large offer on the table."

Hodgson was named the new manager of West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

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