Fernando Torres played his best football in the red of Liverpool.
After joining from his boyhood Atletico Madrid, Torres set the Premier League ablaze, becoming one of the best strikers on the planet under Rafa Benitez.
But in January 2011, Torres became one of Chelsea’s most expensive mistakes, when the West London club shelled out £50million for the former Spain striker. After scoring 65 in 102 league games for Liverpool, he only returned 20 in 111 for the Blues.
And Torres has been talking this week about his time at Anfield, a stadium that remains close to his heart. He fell in love with Liverpool’s home ground and cited a conversation he had with team-mate and compatriot Pepe Reina.
He told Marca:
“I remember the first game at Anfield against Chelsea, I did not hear anything, the atmosphere was spectacular, Pepe Reina came and said: ‘Look, this is what I was talking about, it’s what you deserve, so enjoy’. In the second game I said: ‘Pepe, I think that in this field I will score in every game, everything is perfect’.”
Torres never seemed to be the same player after an underwhelming performance at the 2010 World Cup (which his Spain side won). He seemed to have peaked in his early 20s. After leaving Anfield, he bounced around from Chelsea to Milan and eventually back to where it all began: Atletico Madrid.
He’s leaving Diego Simeone’s side at the end of the season. In an emotional address, he said:
“I will always put Atletico before me, they are the most important thing to me.
“My biggest dream has always been to play here and that is when I was a child and grown up, it is what I wanted most.
“This is the second time I have had to give that up and both times have been for the benefit of the club, and I would do it a third time and a fourth.
“This club means everything to me and they will always be in my heart.”
Perhaps a season or two with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the MLS awaits?