In just three years at Anfield, Fernando Torres has established himself as one of Liverpool’s greatest ever strikers. Idolized by all on the Kop, supporters have quickly taken Torres to their hearts, for his affection towards the the club and understanding of its history as well as his supreme performances on the pitch. Will Torres choose to break the bond this summer though with a move to Chelsea?
Liverpool’s debt situation has certainly stoked the fire on this topic, a club seemingly needing to sell its best players to meet interest repayments. Martin Broughton’s clear statement at Roy Hodgson’s press conference suggests that this is not the case. “We do not want to sell and we do not need to sell”. Do fans believe him? I’m not sure. And so it’s seemingly over to Torres, the club stating that they do not have any intention to sell and it’s thus up to the player to decide if he wants to remain at the club.
Liverpool fans will be very surprised and disappointed should Torres decide his future lies away from Anfield, especially so if he makes the move to rivals Chelsea. But Torres craves success and so any decision appears set to be based purely on footballing reasons and what he feels his chances of success are. People must not forget, Torres took the difficult decision to move from Atletico Madrid, the club he supports, to make the move to Anfield in search of trophies and success. As he has stated, that decision was hugely difficult, but proves Torres is not afraid to make the big, and sometimes painful, decisions for the good of his career.
However, no decisions have yet been made. Torres has stated that he will be sitting down with Roy Hodgson and speaking about the future. As it stands, the ball rests in Liverpool’s court. If the board and the manager can convince Torres of their ability to provide a successful future for the club then I’m in no doubt that El Nino will stay. Events may currently be occurring behind the scenes that we are not aware of. In the ongoing process to find new owners, club officials may reveal to Torres that a new buyer has been found and has the means to provide for a great future.
No matter what happens though, I feel Torres should give the club and the new manager at least one more season to right the wrongs of last year and give Hodgson the chance to put his ideas into practise. Being only three years into a six-year contract, the club needs players of the quality of the Spaniard to try and get the club moving forward again. Having also missed much of last season injured, who knows where Liverpool might have finished had Torres been fit. Despite any sum of money offered by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, it makes no sense to sell to a Premier League rival, increasing the gap the club have to bridge even wider.
It has been widely assumed that should Torres ever leave Anfield then it would be to return to Spain or perhaps a stint in another foreign league. He has himself stated in the past that he would not sign for another English club. Seeing him walk out at Anfield as an opposition player just wouldn’t seem right. This is something that Torres will be weighing up himself.
He will be all too aware of the rivalry between Liverpool and Chelsea which has been building over the years, having played in various league games and a Champions League semi-final and quarter-final. Since signing for Liverpool and having been given the opportunity to play in the Premier League, it has allowed Torres to develop and be recognised as one of the best strikers in the game. Liverpool gave him the platform he needed. Having built up such a reputation at Liverpool and such a bond with the supporters since his arrival at the club, Torres will not want to see that destroyed, as it would if he signed for Chelsea. Since his arrival in 2007, Liverpool and Fernando Torres has appeared a perfect match, a player that fits into the history and values of the club and a player who can well and truly call Anfield his home. His goal scoring record for the club, particularly at Anfield is phenomenal, a pitch and atmosphere that seems to bring the best out of him time and time again. And in Steven Gerrard he found the perfect team-mate, the two of them having displayed such a great understanding since the beginning.
It appears that the future of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres are both tied together; should one leave then the other will soon follow. The importance of the club retaining the services of their captain could therefore be doubly significant. Like Gerrard though, Torres is desperate to win the Premier League. But like Gerrard also, he wants to win it with Liverpool.
Liverpool supporters will certainly not rest easy until the transfer window slams shut at the end of the summer. Am I worried? Yes, obviously. No Liverpool fan is enjoying seeing their best players linked with other clubs, especially league rivals and ones with such financial means. A Chelsea fan as club Chairman is also not ideaAs fans we have come to find that nothing is impossible in football and thus any move to Chelsea cannot be categorically ruled out. As ever though, we live in hope.
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