Liverpool: Fernando Torres' back-heel assist for Steven Gerrard v Everton was magical

A truly iconic assist from Fernando Torres!

In his Liverpool days, Fernando Torres was arguably the best out-and-out striker on the planet.

The silky Spaniard arrived on Merseyside from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2007 and he took no time whatsoever in adapting to English football.

Torres scored a whopping 33 goals in his first full season at Liverpool, with 24 of those strikes coming in Premier League action.

The following campaign, he rippled the back of the net a further 17 times across all competitions and became of the fastest players to reach 50 goals in the Reds’ long history.

Only Mohamed Salah reached a half century of Liverpool goals faster than Torres in the 21st century.

The Spaniard really was lethal and what made him such a devastatingly good player was the fact that he was so much more than just a goalscorer.

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Torres’ all-round game was simply magnificent and he made sure the entire world was aware of that in 2008/09 – his second season at Liverpool.

In an FA Cup tie versus Merseyside rivals Everton, the former Chelsea striker produced an assist that ranks alongside the best seen on English soil since the turn of the millennium.

Torres collected the ball near the halfway line, performed some kick-ups to deceive an opposing player, took the ball on his chest and then back-heeled it on the volley into the path of Steven Gerrard.

Torres & Gerrard with Liverpool

It was a perfectly-weighted pass and Gerrard did the rest to equalise for Liverpool at Anfield after Joleon Lescott had given Everton the lead.

Take a look at Torres’ magical assist here…


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Poetry. In. Motion.

The footwork and awareness from Torres was absolutely superb, which makes his dramatic fall from grace in English football even more confusing.

After joining Chelsea in 2011, the man who scored in both the Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 finals for Spain quickly became something of a laughing stock at club level.

The quality Torres had shown at Liverpool on a consistent basis seemed to desert him overnight and he managed to score only 45 goals in his 172 appearances for the Blues.

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His decline was sad to watch, but at least we can always cherish the memories from the 37-year-old’s memorable stint at Anfield.

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