Fernando Torres: The rise, fall & potential rise again

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Fernando Torres scored the winner in Sunday evening's key clash with title rivals Manchester City and put in an impressive performance to suggest that just maybe he is getting back to his best.

Torres has struggled to find top form since his record breaking, reported £50 million transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea back in January 2011, but there are signs that the 29-year-old could regain his old goalscoring ability.

Torres made his name at Atletico Madrid, coming through the system and made his first start aged 18-years and five months.

After two excellent full seasons with the club, finding a habit of netting against rivals Real Madrid and also Barcelona, Torres was a wanted man in the world of football.

Fernando decided to come to England, with Liverpool the destination and he did not take long to become a favourite amongst the Anfield supporters. 24 Premier League goals in his first season including two hat-tricks, the Spaniard was a revelation and one of the most deadly strikers around.

Torres continued to score goals for Liverpool with ease and created a wonderful on-field relationship with Steven Gerrard, driving the team to a second-place finish in the Premier League in 2008/09 but despite another 18 League goals the following season. Liverpool were failing to compete, finishing seventh and missing out on the Champions League.

In the January of the 2010/11 season, Torres completed his transfer to Chelsea but failed to recapture the performances he had given in the red of Liverpool. Goal draught after goal draught, Torres was competing with Didier Drogba for a lone striking role and the lack of playing consistently was hampering his game.

A number of horrific misses have not helped Torres' confidence in his attempt to get back to the player he was and not even his re-union with manager Rafael Benitez could do the trick. He has not reached double figures in the League since moving to Chelsea but has scored more frequently in the cup competitions.

It seems for Fernando that whenever there is a glimpse of his electric pace and devastating finishing returning, he lets you down again.

But recently there have been more signs of a revival under Jose Mourinho and now having netted his first League goal of the season to win the game against Manchester City, maybe it can be the catalyst for him to finally return to his best.

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