It’s easy to forget Fernando Torres was once one of the best strikers in world football – if not THE best.
Of course, we’re talking about his spell at Liverpool where, in his first three seasons at Anfield, he scored 56 goals in 79 Premier League appearances.
At the same time, Torres was scoring the only goal in the Euro 2008 final to help Spain triumph over Germany.
But it was during the 2009/10 season where Torres was almost unstoppable despite suffering from injuries. Liverpool finished seventh that season and the Spaniard only played 22 times in the Premier League but he scored 18 times.
And we think we’ve discovered the best of those 18 goals during the 09/10 season.
It actually came on this day (28th March) back in 2010.
And it was so good that the Liverpool TV commentator was convinced it took a deflection. Instead, it was just pure magic.
Torres picked up the ball on the left wing and faced defender Michael Turner. He backed him into the penalty area before cutting onto his right foot. Another Sunderland player closed down Torres before the striker curled the ball delightfully right into the top corner past Craig Gordon.
Was it a cross? Was it deflected?
The Liverpool commentator thought the latter, while Martin Tyler on Sky Sports was also caught out.
VIDEO: Fernando Torres’ brilliant goal vs Sunderland
Magic from El Niño on this day in 2010 💫 pic.twitter.com/Ajt543u4sg— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 28, 2022
However, replays showed that it was just a moment of pure brilliance by a striker in incredible form.
Of course, we all know what happened to Torres shortly afterwards.
The following January, he moved to Chelsea for £50 million in a move that didn’t exactly take his career to new heights. However, 45 goals in 172 appearances in all competitions prove his spell at Stamford Bridge is superior to many strikers Chelsea have signed since.
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Stints at AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Sagan Tosu followed before Torres finally hung up his boots.
He may not have pushed on following his departure from Liverpool but let’s not forget what an incredible player he was on Merseyside.
And that goal against Sunderland just about sums it up.
What a goal. What a striker.