With speculation suggesting Fernando Torres could be on his way back to Liverpool, I have decided to have a look at what the striker has to offer based on his previous seasons in the Premier League.
Fernando Torres arrived in England in 2007 after Atletico Madrid accepted Liverpool’s bid for the striker.
The Spanish international’s first Liverpool goal came against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw. Slightly over a month after his debut, Torres scored his first hat-trick for the club in a League Cup match against Reading.
The former La Liga star soon settled into life at Anfield and finished second top scorer (24 goals) at the end of his debut season in the Premier League.
In the 2008-09 season, the striker made 24 appearances and scored 14 goals, including two goals against Everton in the Merseyside derby. In this season, Torres was nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year award but eventually came third, narrowly missing out to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
At the start of the 2009-10 season, the Spaniard signed a new contract which would have seen him stay at the club until 2013. Torres impressed again throughout this season, scoring 18 goals in 22 appearances.
Rumours started to circulate at the start of the 2010-11 season and many were unsure of where Torres would be playing his football leading up to the opening round of fixtures. New manager Roy Hodgson dismissed the rumours, stating that Torres was happy at the club. Torres himself reiterated Hodgson’s comments, saying that he was still committed and loyal to Liverpool.
Torres scored his first goal of the 2010-11 season against West Brom on 29th August 2010. This goal was also his 50th at Anfield. After that goal, the striker failed to score until October.
In the January transfer window, Fernando Torres was subject of a £50million bid by Chelsea, a bid which couldn’t be ignored or rejected by Liverpool. The Spanish international’s last goal for Liverpool came in a 3-0 win over Wolves.
Torres’ £50m move to Chelsea made him the most expensive player ever in British football and the sixth most expensive footballer in history.
El Nino made his Chelsea debut against his former club, Liverpool. In his first few matches, the striker didn’t set the world on fire and Blues fans began to grow frustrated with Spaniard’s poor form. Eventually, after 903 minutes with not scoring, Torres netted his first goal for the club.
Torres struggled at Stamford Bridge in his first full season and in 32 league appearances, he only scored six goals. At one point, during the 2011-12 season, Torres went 24 games without scoring and his play seemed to lack the confidence and fluency which made him so prolific at Liverpool.
The 2012-13 season started a lot better for Torres. In his first sixteen appearances, the striker scored six goals. Overall, the striker made 65 appearances and scored 23 goals for Chelsea last season.
With the return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, many believe the player could move elsewhere, with the Daily Mirror suggesting the Blues are prepared to listen to offers for the striker.
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