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A little less conversation, a little more Torres please: Why Liverpool’s prize asset has no choice but to stay at Anfield

July 26, 2010

Fernando Torres quickly established himself as a fans' favourite at Anfield

Whenever Liverpool fans read a news headline boasting the name Fernando Torres, their heart usually sinks and they let out a dull sigh of resignation. “Torres to Chelsea”, “Torres to Manchester City”, “Torres to Real Madrid”. Same old, same old. But don’t fret Reds’ fans, I’m here to inject a bit of optimism into the situation. Fernando Torres won’t be leaving Liverpool this summer, and here’s why.

As the whole world witnessed at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Torres was out of sorts. He had a tournament to forget, culminating in tearing a thigh muscle in the closing minutes of Spain’s victorious final victory over Holland. That particular moment was almost symbolic of the rollercoaster year or two that Torres has experienced; a World Cup final appearance and winner’s medal, overshadowed by a goal drought and yet another muscle injury right about summed up the last 18 months in the career of Fernando Torres. It was enough to make Liverpool supporters everywhere spit up their dinner and reside to the bedroom for an early night. However, as daft as it may seem, it may have been a blessing in disguise for the Reds in the face of intense interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.

Before the tournament began Chelsea were prepared to pay £50mill for the emphatic striker, and the deal seemed inevitable. A 7th-place finish and a sour end to Rafael Benitez’s career looked as if it would also spell the end of the road for Torres as a Liverpool player. Immediately after the conclusion of that historic final however, Chelsea’s interest waned and they are no longer in the front-running to sign Torres. It seemed that a lack of form, coupled by frequent long-term injuries caused Ancelotti and his troops to turn their focus elsewhere. One has to wonder, if Torres has netted 5 or 6 goals and played more of an integral part in Spain’s triumph, would he still be a Liverpool player as we speak? This also causes me to believe that Manchester City would only sign Torres as a last possible option, and with the money knocking around at Eastlands this summer, that situation looks unlikely to occur. I wonder if Manchester City fans would be happy for their club to spill out £40-50mill to bring an out-of-form, injury-prone striker to their club when the money could be used on a much fitter, much happier player? Perhaps they would, and perhaps Roberto Mancini would be that ruthless, but with the news that City have to ship out at least 12 players before the transfer window closes, and with James Milner and Mario Balotelli likely to arrive at Eastlands in the near future, I should think Torres is last on Mancini’s list of priorities.

As well as the question of fitness and form comes the question of game-time. I’ve raised the point in the past regarding James Milner’s potential decision to join City, and whether he would become a regular member of Mancini’s side. In my view, Milner’s role at the club would be as a squad player, someone who will occupy the substitute’s bench until injuries and suspensions started to clock up, and only then would he get his chance to perform. The same goes for Torres. Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor will be very hard to shunt, whilst David Silva and Mario Balotelli are just two of the other potential attacking options Mancini will have at his disposal. Of course, there is the obvious attraction of money, and Torres would be offered a substantial amount. However, surely Torres would be more content at playing week-in-week-out (providing he’s fully fit) for a club that worships him like a god, and gives him a fairly decent wage despite Liverpool’s much-publicised financial troubles. I would hope so being a Torres and a Liverpool fan. If he wants regular football and an adoring fanbase, Liverpool is the place for him.

The problem at the moment is the constant lack of certainty surrounding the Spaniard and Liverpool Football Club as a whole. Roy Hodgson is still waiting for Torres to commit himself, or not as the case may be, to the club, and until he does just that, it’s difficult for the new Anfield boss to make his plans and bring in a couple of new faces. There is also the small matter of the transfer fee that Torres would require, which I’ve already mentioned would be in excess of £40-50mill. With none of that money to work with just yet, Hodgson can’t act to bring in a high-quality replacement for Torres, or indeed fill in a couple of the positions that need strengthening before the big kick-off on August 15th. As much as I understand Fernando has a big decision to make, still being unsure two-and-a-half weeks before the season begins isn’t an ideal situation for the manager. However, it is also due to the length of time Torres has taken to make his mind up that I believe his final decision will be to stay at Liverpool. If he desperately wanted to leave the club, he would have at least made it clear that was his ambitious. In fact, he probably still wouldn’t be with us today, and I think that tells a lot about his feeling and love for the fans of the club. Whilst he’s voiced his concerns over the treatment of some of the players, including himself, during the Rafael Benitez regime, he’s always had a special affection for the Anfield faithful, and vice versa. Hopefully that will be enough to keep Torres at Liverpool.

If it isn’t, then there’s always the ideas and plans that Roy Hodgson is putting in place at his new club. Through the transfer of Joe Cole, Hodgson has already persuaded Steven Gerrard that his future lies at his beloved local club, and the 62-year old will be praying that it will have the same affect on his influential talisman. Last season, the support to Torres was nothing more than average, with the likes of Dirk Kuyt, Lucas and even Gerrard himself not delivering the goods as expected. Not only with the signing of Joe Cole, but also with the arrival of Serbian international Milan Jovanovic, plus the potential deal to bring Rafael van der Vaart to the club may be enough to keep Torres on Merseyside, and ultimately get Liverpool back into the top four and challenging for honours again.

So there you are Liverpool fans, don’t worry about a thing. For the aforementioned reasons, I believe Fernando Torres will remain a Liverpool player for the foreseeable future, and our wonderful club will be in great shape to get back amongst the Chelsea’s and Manchester United’s of this world next season. You’ll never walk alone!

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39 Comments leave one →
  1. sambo permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:25 pm

    dear george i am a fan of liverpool and your articale is exactly what i have been thinking for along time , im not sure if your aware but tonite sky bet have cut the odds off torres going to chelsea from 2-1 to 1-3 ! and paddy power have stopped taking bets all together the bookies are hardly ever wrong ! the same situation happend with the bookies about joe cole coming to us and 2 days later he signed, what do youy make of this ?

    • Paddy permalink
      July 26, 2010 8:36 pm

      the bookies stopped taking bets on lpool signing ribery last summer n that never happened!!

    • Dave permalink
      July 26, 2010 10:36 pm

      It appear u need to learn about odds! What that means is the bookies expect him to be leaving to Chelsea!

  2. George permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:28 pm

    First of all, thank you for reading and for your comment. I see what you’re saying, and I think you could be right. At least, I hope you are. Keeping Torres is essential for us to make the break back into the top four, and you’re right – it is significant that the bookies have changed the odds, but we shouldn’t look into that too deeply. What is key is what Torres wants, and until he states exactly what he wants and where his future lies, nothing should be rendered final.

  3. Paddy permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:34 pm

    I hope you’re right – why would he have worn a lpool scarf after winning the world cup??

    We need to get rid of h&g & that snake purslow

  4. sambo permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:42 pm

    i seriously hope this whole thing with the bookies is wrong, just put the shivers up me a bit because it happend with joe cole and 2 days later he was ours 90% of the time the bookies are correct ! even before all this with the bookies i was driving home from work and it was breaking transfer news on talksport, adrian durham said 2 off talksports sources are telling them its a done deal and was asking chelsea and liverpool fans what they thought ! anybody know how reliable talk sports sources are, its a station with a good rep

  5. Jack permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:43 pm

    Good point, however this is a similar situation to the michael owen incident some years ago. He was worth £50 million at one point and then he started to become injured all the time and not hitting top form, the next thing we know he is sold for £8 million. If Torres is to keep going the way he is maybe it is the right time to sell him for £50 million.

  6. Simon permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:46 pm

    George / Sambo

    1. Torres jhas know need to come out and say anything, he is in contract
    2. The lad doesn’t go around talking to the usual media gas bags, this is typical silly season talk
    3. I beg to differ around loss of form, in the world cup the lad was just coming back from injury, despite the amount of time he spent on the bench last season he was still our top goal scorer
    4. Despite, as you describe it, loss of form, CITEH and the Chavs would still love him in there team, the problem for those two being, and I really believe this, this is one of the few loyal footballers left in the big time today, he will stay with the club at least for his contract length, unless of course tweedle dumb and tweedle dumber (or their horseman of the apocalypse Purslime) decide to cash in.

    I would however like to say this is anm extremely well written article, even if I think (and it’s only my opinion) you use the wrong logic to come to your conclusion

  7. Simon permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:48 pm

    Jack,

    Michael Owen was sold for 8 Million because he had one year left on his contract and handed in a transfer request, nothing to do with his injuries

  8. Simon permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:49 pm

    Apologies for any spelling mistakes

  9. George permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:49 pm

    Simon, thank you for your comments, and you make some excellent points.

    Whilst Torres isn’t the type of person to come out to the media and start talking about his future, do you not agree that if Torres wanted to leave, he would have left by now? Even the most loyal of footballers move on, sometimes gracefully, sometimes with a bitter taste. I guess we’ll find out in the near future whether Torres really is loyal, or whether he decides he’s done his bit at Liverpool.

  10. Simon permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:51 pm

    Adrian Durham is of the Daily Mirror and the one that shall not be mentioned Ilk, I wouldn’t read too much into it

  11. Simon permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:55 pm

    George, I completely agree that if he wanted to leave he would already be gone (if it’s of his doing).

    It’ll break my heart if he goes

    If Paddy Power have stopped taking bets on him going to the Chavs does anybody know what you’ll get for him staying at Liverpool.

    • Paddy permalink
      July 26, 2010 9:17 pm

      the reason paddy power stopped taking bets coz they were offering 8-1 (skybet were offering 3-1) & shit themselves!

  12. Eugene permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:55 pm

    Wishful thinking Paddy , Torres is almost certain to move . He needs to be at a succesful club !

  13. jabz permalink
    July 26, 2010 9:00 pm

    i think the article is very good. i also belive that torres needs to make his mind of really quick so if he does want to go we can get a good replacement plus other players including the left back situation. also with macherano looking to go, we could use this money to buy other players aswel, we need to get players that wants to play for us such as arda turan who cleary stated over and over again he would love to play for us. do you guys think maxi is good player because i think he really good but will he follow his national team mate macherano. YNWA

  14. Peter Doherty permalink
    July 26, 2010 9:00 pm

    Torres won’t be coming to us (Manchester City) and I think Mancini has said today that now Balotelli is on his way we are not interested. However, I don’t think he would have come anyway. He has 3 choices in my opinion. Barcelona (he won’t join Real Madrid and no other Spanish team can afford him) is a no-go as they have just bought Villa and now need a midfielder. Chelsea, who I think will be wary of paying too much for him due to his injuries despite what the bookies say and therefore Liverpool won’t let him go there. For me he’ll stay at Liverpool for another season and then if he decides to move, it’ll be to Barcelona. (By the way, if you think Gerrard has stayed because Joe Cole has arrived then I’ll have a pint of what you’re on..)

  15. George permalink
    July 26, 2010 9:05 pm

    @jabz – Do you want to see Torres leave?

    @Peter Doherty – I believe Gerrard stated that he was very impressed with Hodgson’s ideas and plans, and said that the opportunity to play alongside Joe Cole was too good to miss. If you can quote me wrong, then please do.

  16. George permalink
    July 26, 2010 9:16 pm

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  17. steve mcauley permalink
    July 26, 2010 9:27 pm

    sorry to put a dampner on things but i am a little more pessimistic, you say if he wanted to leave, he’d have been gone by now, but you can also look at it the other way, if he wanted to stay, surely he would have made a statement just like SG did!
    i do wonder why it’s purslow trying to convince him, roy said he only had a brief chat with nando, surely it is HE who should be trying to convince him that, under HIS leadership, the future is looking bright! but if he’s made up his mind to leave (which i think he has), then he should do the decent thing and let the boss know so he can get the best possible replacement while ther is still time!

  18. George permalink
    July 26, 2010 9:29 pm

    Good point, but being a Liverpool fan and wanting Torres to stay, I’ve looked at the positives. I guess the reason it’s Purslow doing all the talking and not Hodgson is because Hodg is waiting for Torres to return from his break so he can sit him down 1-to-1 and have a proper chat, rather than over the phone or what have you. I think once Hodg gets his chance to sell his ideas to Nando, he’ll do the right thing and commit himself to the club.

  19. Lee permalink
    July 26, 2010 9:35 pm

    For me torres has to take a good look at himself!!! whilst he has reservstions about treatment under the benitez regime. He was one of the players that backed the manager in the light of criticism!!?? you only need to look at the statistics to see a fully fit torres playing 40-50 games last season would have scored around 30 goals!!! And whilst hypocrits everywhere claim you cant pin hopes on one player, thats rubbish!! Thats why these athletes are considered ‘talismans’ if you take a ronaldo, messi, rooney, drogba, tevez, gerrard or a TORRES out of there respecive teams, the teams play suffers!!! Torres was quick to put pen to paper on a one year extension at liverpool not 14months ago when we finshed a close 2nd inthe league and were in contention for euro honours!! So why the lack of loyalty now!!??? It is a huge disrespect to both the club and the fans of which i am one, who adore him!!!!!! He should have come out by now and put this to bed!!!! After all Hodgeson like any new manager deserves a chance to turn this around!! And with hughly promising signings like Joe cole, danny wilson and royston drenthe 2 of which are young talents with the future in mind, torres has more time in his career to comit to a brighter future. where-as gerrard on the other hand its now or never!!?? And he has committed himself to hodgsons plans. So Fernando, its time to do the right thing and end all this speculation and repay the faith and love the fans have shown you by standing by you lack of form and injury problems aside!! Its time to show that the armband really did prove you were a red!!!! YNWA

  20. steve mcauley permalink
    July 26, 2010 9:47 pm

    well said lee! nando can’t use problems with the previous regime as an excuse to leave because, in case he hadn’t noticed, the fool has gone! so, if he does go, it’s purely because he believes the grass will be greener elsewhere! like you say, he’s still young enough to be successful somewhere else should he move on next summer, i know he owes roy hodgson nothing but i agree with you that he DOES owe US, THE FANS at least a season!

  21. July 26, 2010 9:57 pm

    Mr george well said. Honestly, i want nando & javier to leave because they are ungreatful. Liverpool fc made them stars now they want to turn their backs on the club. Atleast if we sell the duo we wil earn £70-75 million. For other quality players like christian, suicidol, bridge, forlan, figueroa, & maybe hunterlaar. What do you think sir? Die hard liverpool fan. GERRARD is the best!

    • symball permalink
      July 27, 2010 12:25 pm

      “Liverpool fc made them stars now they want to turn their backs on the club”

      um have you thought about that. Both players were hardly unknown before they moved to Liverpool. Torres had been chased for many years by most of the big clubs- only his admirable love for his boyhood club Athletico prevented him from becoming an international star earlier, and Mascherano was an Argentina stalwart long before he joined West Ham- let alone Liverpool. Don’t you remember the disbelief when it looked like West Ham had pulled off the transfer deal of the century when he and tevez signed?

      • July 27, 2010 5:03 pm

        agreed! torres was already a menancing force b4 liverpool and mascherano was already one of the best in his position with his only flaw on his CV a short stint at west ham where he couldn’t fit the system…

  22. George permalink
    July 26, 2010 9:59 pm

    That’s the benefit from selling Torres and Mascherano – You get big money in to buy new players, but how much of that would go into the transfer kitty? We still have huge debts don’t forget and something has to pay for them.

  23. steve mcauley permalink
    July 26, 2010 10:14 pm

    george, it was categorically stated at roy hodgsons unveiling that ALL the money generated from player sales would be put back into the team! i’m sure sky tv have this on tape.
    £70m-£100m would build one hell of a team! but roy needs to get dealing NOW before we miss out

  24. chateau permalink
    July 26, 2010 10:15 pm

    I think it’s a done deal. Hodgson is preparing the ground, after Torres told him that he wants to go to Chelsea during those two days of talks. He has been asked to keep it quiet whilst Joe Cole signs and one or two other deals get done. If Torres was staying, he would have said so by now. And look at the lack of activity by Chelsea in the transfer market, despite the number of players they have released. They know Torres is coming, and they expect to get Kaka as well ,with Cole moving to the Bernabeau.

  25. Lee permalink
    July 26, 2010 10:34 pm

    Sorry Derick,but dont agree there!!! Bit of a hypocritical point of view if you ask me!! GERRARD IS THE BEST!!?? Did gerrard not put a question mark over his future at anfield AGAIN this summer leaving us all to sweat out his decision until after the world cup!!! Dont get me wrong like I said previously, I find it dis-respectful the attitude of these players!! And as for mascherano i do think he is completely un greatful!!!! and the sooner we get shot the better!! If he does’nt want to be here, and he has expressed a desire to move, then get rid!! but poulson is not a good long term option, hes 30years old!!!! same goes for forlan!! you completely missed huntelaar, he would be a great option along with anthony annan of rosenbourg!!

  26. Mikey76 permalink
    July 26, 2010 10:48 pm

    I’d love to know how Chateau has this kind of information. Torres told Roy he wanted to leave. OK!!

    I put this talksport nonsense down to Chelski fans working for the station. We all know about the London press blah, blah and how they try to influence things. Rob Beasley once tried to reignite a row between Rafa and the owners on the morning of a Liv-Chels game. Mr Beasley supports Chelski and I think received a letter from Rafa’s lawyer.

    The other thing to be wary of is that players are returning to clubs this week from the world cup, so, things could still happen. However, there is nothing on sky sports, nothing on the bbc and nothing on Chelski blog pages about Torres. These things usually build up if they are true, so I would say, this is pure mischief designed to try to unsettle the player and make some money for the bookies.

    And since when did bookies odds become news??? Another example of how boring celebrity gossip has taken over our lives.

  27. Gebreyesus Tenagashaw Bayeh permalink
    July 27, 2010 7:23 am

    I think he will stay and the coming of Cole,and staying of Gerard is also another reason. Now the decision on the best left back out of the choices, needs keen mind. Otherwise, if Mascha is leaving, I think the Nordgian is the Choice. Why Silva, he is finished! and was Arnenal player….Rather if Forlan is available he enable to play for best contention.

  28. Connor permalink
    July 27, 2010 8:58 am

    As a chelsea dan i must say i’d love to have torres, don’t think he will definitely stay because he’s loyal, joe cole was the chelsea player us fans would have put our houses on staying 6 months ago!

  29. All Hayle the Blues permalink
    July 27, 2010 9:22 am

    Sentimental claptrap versus medals and CL football? Herm…

  30. kakutatata permalink
    July 27, 2010 8:19 pm

    Why dont you guys have an article on what Roy Hodgson really said? u know excerpt of what his actual statements are instead of speculations from news sites.

  31. George permalink
    July 27, 2010 8:23 pm

    @kakutatata – What are his actual statements then?

  32. Don Pachinko permalink
    July 27, 2010 8:25 pm

    Torres is not Europa League material… NUFF SAID. Will he be leaving Liverfools? definitely. His destination? not to Chelsea i hope. We prefer Neymar/Aguero over ladyboy styrofoam-leg.

    Furthermore, after signing of J.Cole (couldnt even force for 1st eleven), he’ll defnitely see that Liverfools are heading towards a downward spiral.

  33. George permalink
    July 27, 2010 8:30 pm

    Torres won’t be leaving Liverpool this summer – Roy Hodgson has stated that he is very confident he will stay, and as I’ve pointed out in the article itself, there are many reasons why he won’t be leaving.

    Also, I’m startled that as a Chelsea fan you think that Joe Cole is not good enough for Chelsea or Liverpool, and I’m especially surprised that you think his signing will be a negative thing for Liverpool. I completely disagree, as I’m sure do the majority of football fans in this country.

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