Eleven years ago today, Liverpool welcomed El Nino, Fernando Torres to Anfield after signing him from Atletico Madrid. The Spaniard took to live on Merseyside like a duck to water and he bagged 81 goals and 20 assists in 142 appearances for The Reds. After just three and a half years as a Liverpool player, the Spaniard left on bad terms, though, as he joined Chelsea in January 2011.
Who remembers this El Niño special? pic.twitter.com/wJVMhX0ghW
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) 11 August 2018
Liverpool fans enjoyed soe terrific moments with Torres up front at Anfield. The Spaniard had a thing for tearing apart Manchester United and Nemanja Vidic in particular and those memories will live long with the Kopites. The fans just wish that Torres had stuck around a little bit longer to partner up with Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez. The four of them would have almost guaranteed a Premier League title for the Reds.
Things weren’t to be for Torres on Merseyside, though, and whilst he was much more prolific at Anfield, he won more at Stamford Bridge and that fateful move back in late January 2011 will stain his legacy with Liverpool fans. The ageing striker is now plying his trade in Japan for Sagan Tosu after ending his third stint with his boyhood club Atletico Madrid back in July.
You can read the Reds’ verdict on Torres here:
My Fav.player of all time..But made a huge mistake by going to chelsea
— Deep (@AmzingAL1SSON) 11 August 2018
He made me love football
— Karthikeya (@karthikeyahk) 11 August 2018
This guy broke so many hearts. One of my favourite players to wear the shirt. Wish he got to play with Suarez. Him Gerrard and Suarez together
— Jimmy Stewart (@jimmystewart8_8) 11 August 2018
One of the greatest towards to put on red shirt.on YNWA
— john (@reds_2001) August 11, 2018
One of the best forwards over the history of @LFC .. As a Liverpool fan I don’t forget what he did for the club.. YNWA
— Mohamed Elsayad (@Mohamed36620010) 11 August 2018
One of the best signings we ever made
— Steven Tubbritt (@steventubbritt) 11 August 2018
He was amazing, my hero at that time
— Knut Lund Olstad (@LundOlstad) August 11, 2018
As you can see, there’s still a lot of love for Torres at Anfield, despite the fact he deserted them back in 2011.