Fernando Torres has expressed a desire to leave Anfield. This should be the number one reason as to why he should be allowed to go.
Once a player has done this there is rarely any going back for either club or player. If Torres doesn’t leave Liverpool in January then he most certainly will in the summer. Is there any point in keeping a player against his wishes? Torres has already shown signs of sulking and lack of effort this season; this can only get worse if he hasn’t got his wishes by the end of tonight.
While it may of have been bad timing for Liverpool by Torres and Chelsea, it can be argued that getting the transfer over and done with and moving an unhappy player onwards would be best for all parties.
Liverpool would certainly be getting value for money on a player they bought for just over £20 million. The £50 million price tag set by Liverpool is a strong statement by the club that they are not willing to let Chelsea take an unhappy player on the cheap.
The reds are reported to have had a bid of £30 million for Newcastle’s Andy Carroll rejected. Liverpool are expected to go back with an improved offer however. If the reported £35 million fee has been agreed, this would leave 15 million left, possibly a move for Ashley Young is not wide of the mark.
Two new strikers and a winger, Kopites may have lost one of their favourites, but at least they can be assured of replacements. They may remember when Michael Owen was sold for a mere £8 million and a poor replacement in Antonio Nunez.
The Spaniard has never been able to play week in, week out. His career has been plagued with injuries since moving to Anfield. The physical nature of the Premier league had many questioning whether Torres would ever play again after the World Cup.
In the last three seasons Torres has made a total of 79 league appearances out of a total of 114. This does not necessarily make for bad reading but it is the run of games that Torres has missed. In each of the three seasons Torres has been injured for at least 4 weeks at a time. I could count the number of groin and hamstring injuries on my fingers. Fans have seen many a time that Torres can be kicked out of a game, give him a few kicks, he will start complaining and lose concentration on his game.
He is an explosive player with good pace and acceleration, his injuries are common for a player of his type, this could suggest Chelsea would not be getting Torres for the long term, they are not many quick players who can play top level above 30.
Liverpool have been accused over the years of being simply, a two man team. The combination of Gerrard and Torres cannot be underestimated; however as shown last season if you can stop the link between these two players, you can stop Liverpool. By offloading Torres Liverpool can spend the funds on building a team and not just be over reliant on two star players.
It would be interesting how they would line up, with Gerrard in the middle, Raul Meireles further forward playing behind a possible front line of Carroll and Suarez. They are plenty of threats in that team that could cause any opposition problems. Liverpool have been criticised for a lack of creativity, with Torres upfront on his own they have certainly been guilty of pumping long balls up to him in the hope he can create a goal scoring opportunity.
With him out the picture they can become more aware of other players movements and Kenny Dalglish’s philosophy of keeping the ball on the floor more will only help this further.
All the talk of Torres going in has somewhat over shadowed the arrival of Luis Suarez. Kopites must have been licking their lips of the thought of these two being paired together. There is still a chance of this happening of course we will just have to wait and see. However should Torres be on his way to Stamford Bridge Liverpool have a very reliable goal scorer in Suarez. If he can get anywhere near his success in Holland with 49 goals last season this would instantly prove him a hit at Anfield.
Reds fans have a long glorious of history of favourite strikers from Roger Hunt to John Aldridge, from Ian Rush to Robbie Fowler. They have all come and gone, and while Torres departure will have angered many reds fans, if Suarez scores come 6th Feb, in what proves to be a winner against a Chelsea team containing Torres, they will have a new hero.
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