Many blogs, websites and journalists are currently debating whether or not Liverpool would be a better team without the services of Fernando Torres. In my mind, it’s absolutely preposterous. This is the man who has scored 45 goals in his last 50 games at Anfield, and now people are pleading Liverpool to sell him? It just doesn’t make any sense. I mean sure, he’s been misfiring this season, having only scored 6 goals this term, but this is the same player that tore Chelsea to shreds just back in November. He has shown signs during this campaign of his class, most notably with his goal against Bolton today, and surely Liverpool wouldn’t want to miss that?
Since Torres’ arrival to the Premier League in 2007, he’s adapted to life pretty quickly, netting 62 goals in 97 appearances, a feat which is extrordinary considering his swift arrival. His presence upon Anfield was imminent, and rapidly became Liverpool’s next sensation, in his first season he scored 33 in 46 appearances, justifying his price tag at Athletico prior to his arrival at Liverpool. He has endured a successful time at Anfield, but unfortunately a dip in form has seen the team follow in his footsteps, as they currently lie 9th.
It seems blindly obvious that whenever Torres performs well, Liverpool perform well as a whole. For example, in Torres’ inaugural season, he led the line for the Merseysiders as they finished a well deserved 4th. In the 2008/09 season, Liverpool had arguably their best ever season in the Premier League, and with Torres & Gerrard in full flow scoring 41 goals between the two, Liverpool finished second, just a mere two points behind rivals Manchester United.
In Torres’ presence at the club, Liverpool have depended largely on their hit man, as well as with influential skipper Steven Gerrard but those two won’t last forever. It’s a known fact, and with Gerrard nearing the age of 31 this May, his time may nearly be up. Torres will probably be around for considerably longer than Gerrard, but he will need a decent team around him if they’re to challenge for any trophies in the near future.
This January will be a testing time for the Merseyside club, battling off considerable interest from top European clubs for the service of Fernando Torres. Real Madrid & Juventus have been linked with the striker recently, and it will be a miracle if Liverpool still have Torres by the end of the month. Fernando Torres said upon arriving at Anfield that he wanted to battle for trophies whilst in England, but that dream has diminished following the sales of Liverpool key men Xabi Alonso & Javier Mascherano, who grew restless at Anfield and decided that they wanted to compete amongst Europe’s finest, both making their way to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.