Liverpool fans will never forget about Fernando Torres.
Rafa Benitez brought the Spanish striker to Anfield in 2007 - paying Atletico Madrid £26.5 million for his services - and he would go on to enjoy four fruitful seasons on Merseyside.
Okay, so there were no trophies to celebrate. But Torres was named in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year in his first two seasons in England and will be remembered as one of the best number nine’s in the club’s history.
It may have ended disappointingly, with Torres securing a move to Chelsea in 2011, but Liverpool supporters will remember his 65 goals in 113 top-flight appearances.
Torres currently finds himself paying a bit-part role with his boyhood club Atleti. The 33-year-old has started just two matches all season and is used mainly from the bench.
It wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that Torres is content with this role, given his love for Los Rojiblancos.
But that’s not the case, according to the Mirror. Torres wants to see as much action as possible before hanging up his boots, and is ready to leave Spain in order to make that happen.
Torres could be set for Premier League return
The Mirror claim Torres is eyeing a January return to the Premier League and that his representatives have informed Newcastle United and Southampton about his desire to leave on loan.
A move to St. James’ Park would reunite Torres with Benitez, who must be seething with summer signing Joselu’s struggles in front of goal.
Torres also has experience working with Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino; the Argentine was on Benitez’s coaching staff at Liverpool.
It’s said that the World Cup winner has admires in the United States and China, but prefers one last stint in the Premier League before returning to Atletico Madrid, where he intends to retire.
Any club wanting to sign Torres would have to pay part of his salary which, annually, is around £2m.
Whether Newcastle or Southampton would be willing to pay for an ageing striker who is lacking minutes remains to be seen, although Torres’ knowledge of English football should stand him in good stead.
That said, Torres’ dismal spell at Chelsea could be a turn off.
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