A year ago Liverpool lost one of the clubs most fame-worthy strikers. Fernando Torres to Chelsea. But it’s fair to say that although hearts may have been broken, that was eased with the £50million price tag. The once goal-happy striker, had dipped in form over the previous seasons and since being at Chelsea things seem to have gone from bad to worse. With only 2 goals in the league this season Torres seems to be slipping out of the plans of Chelsea manager AVB. But with only 541 minutes played out a possible 1350 has Torres really been given any time to shine?
As Liverpool’s ability to finish chances seems to have dried up I have heard calls for Kenny to go out an buy a real goal poacher in January. Someone who is there in the box, finishing chances. The good news is that today we hear rumours that Chelsea are going to be having a January sale. The offer? An out of form striker with £30million knocked off his buying price, reduced from £50million to £20million. The question is would you take Torres back? Whilst the cost of £20million sounds steep for someone with only 2 goals in the league, it would represent a £30million pound profit. But then there are the wage demands, Torres is currently on £150grand a week, would you want him coming to Liverpool if that were his wage cost, or would he have to take a dramatic wage cut?
Financial arguments aside we come to the real question. Could Torres rediscover his form at Anfield? After all Suarez was bought with a striking partnership with Torres in mind. But would Dalglish be the man to stir up that passion Torres had in the first few seasons. If you remember before he left us on deadline day, Torres had started scoring again, albeit it a shadow of his former days, but he was scoring none the less under Dalglish. Another question is whether the dressing room would want him back, would the players want to play with Nando again? With Gerrard injured (and the worrying silence over an expected return date) who else would give Torres the service he needs as a poaching goal scorer, I think Suarez could do the job?
A closing thought…were ‘El Nino’ to return what would happen to our current number 9. The form of Andy Carroll is another question for another article.