On Saturday we saw something that has become all too familiar. Fernando Torres stormed off the field after being substituted nine minutes from time at Loftus Road on Saturday, reigniting the belief that he is truly unhappy at Stamford Bridge.
According to the Daily Mail, Fernando Torres could have had an exit not too long ago.
The Daily Mail reports that Damien Comolli, former director of football at Liverpool, was lining up a move to resign Torres after the striker struggled at Stamford Bridge. Furthermore, a key member of the Liverpool dressing room reportedly approached Comolli and desperately requested that the club make an effort to resign the striker. However the former director did not have time to discuss such an approach with the Liverpool owners as he was dismissed shortly afterwards.
This rumours begs so many questions, the first being who would have knocked on the door and requested such a thing? Would Comolli have pulled the deal off? Finally, would Liverpool fans have wanted their former hero to return after declaring he had achieved his ‘dream move’ to Chelsea?
Let’s address them in reverse order. Liverpool fans will be the first to admit that their side desperately needs goals at the moment in time. Yet one would have to ask serious questions about whether Torres could bring them if he returned to Anfield. Not only has the Spanish international struggled since arriving at Chelsea but he also looked the shadow of the player he once was in his final days on Merseyside.
In addition, Liverpool fans are one of the most proud sets of supporters in the footballing world. Torres’ parting words on securing his ‘dream move’ to Chelsea will certainly rankle in the minds of Liverpool fans to this day – he has hardly received a good reception when he has returned to Merseyside in Chelsea colours. As a Liverpool fan it would be incredibly difficult to accept Torres should he return to Merseyside.
However lets suppose that Torres would want to return up North. Would Damien Comolli have been able to pull the deal off? I can’t see Chelsea letting go of the man they paid £50 million for not that long ago. Considering that they have lost Didier Drogba, Chelsea would certainly have to have another target lined up to replace Torres should he leave. Yet even if they did find a replacement (Falcao would be the obvious option) I can’t see Roman Abramovich allowing the striker to leave. The Russian owner has shown he can be stubborn over footballing decisions in the past – his persistence with Andriy Shevchenko seriously hindered Chelsea’s attack in the past. Having forked out £50 million, Abramovich was a huge fan of Torres before and will not let him go so easily.
That leaves the final question. Who would approach the managing director and request such a thing. I very highly doubt that such rumours are true, or that Comolli had a plan in the offing to lure Torres back to Merseyside. It seems more likely that this is a PR ploy on both parts. Firstly, Liverpool players would have been hurt by the disdain that Torres showed towards the club when left for London – the idea of wanting to recall the player is highly doubtful from another professional committed to the club. Secondly, I think if Comolli did have a plan to bring Torres back then rumours would have been heard before now.
Instead this seems to be a double-headed publicity stunt. On the one hand, the rumour perhaps threatens Chelsea into treating Torres with more caution (however how you can do more then Chelsea have I do not know, perhaps wrap him in cotton wool). Secondly the rumour makes Comolli look like a recruitment mastermind – Liverpool have again struggled for goals this season and resigning Torres might have just made the difference (although again that is debatable).
In short, Liverpool fans shouldn’t take these rumours too seriously. In my mind, they dodged a bullet with the way the Spaniard has recently behaved.