Liverpool may not have won a major trophy since the 2006 FA Cup, but boy have they had some incredible strikers down the years.
Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and now Roberto Firmino – that’s some group of players.
For whatever reason the Reds have always been blessed with a world-class No.9 and one player who definitely fitted into that category was Torres.
Signed from Atletico Madrid for £20m in 2007, the Spaniard arrived to much fanfare and didn’t take long to make his mark.
In his debut season in the Premier League Torres scored 24 goals – second only to Cristiano Ronaldo (31) – and guided Liverpool to the fourth Champions League spot.
He bagged a further 41 league goals in the following three seasons before infamously joining Chelsea in a £50m move.
According to ex-teammate Steven Gerrard, who Torres shared a telepathic partnership with, what made El Nino special was the way he responded to coming up against big defenders.
ONE OF A KIND
“When you’re a centre-forward, if you get rough treatment, you either hide and go into your shell or you come alive and thrive and get better,” said Gerrard in 2017.
“You think of players like Suarez and Torres, they thrive off contact and pressure.
“When the likes of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic try to bully them and intimidate them and rough them up, they love it.
“They get bigger, they put their shoulders back, they grow and take the challenge on – that’s what a world-class centre-forward does.”
It’s been seven years since Torres swapped Anfield for Stamford Bridge but he will always be remembered fondly by Liverpool fans, who adored and worshipped him from 2007-2011.
A video is now going viral on social media of the 34-year-old’s top 10 goals for the Reds and it shows just how good he was in his prime.
Long-range screamers, volleys, one-on-ones, headers – Torres was capable of scoring all kinds of goals. Check it out below.
Fernando Torres. Top 10 of his best goals in the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/ARRnUiwVJS
— SH (@Sennesation) September 12, 2018
What a player. It’s a shame Torres never managed to win a trophy with Liverpool, not to mention that he left on such a sour note.