A report that Chelsea are ready to offload Fernando Torres for £20m in the January transfer window has fueled speculation that the Spaniard could return to Anfield.
Torres, 27, was sold to Chelsea by Liverpool on the final day of last season’s January window. Since then he has managed just three league goals for the London side.
‘El Nino’ left Liverpool under a huge cloud after an 18-month spell that saw him fall from goalscoring hero to moaning and misfiring. That period though did coincide with the worst era in LFC’s history with the ownership issue placing the whole club under a very dark cloud.
Of course, when Luis Suarez was first scouted the intention was to play him alongside Torres – likely with Suarez on the left of the 3 attackers behind the front man. Torres’ departure and his replacement, Andy Carroll’s, failure to settle at the club has led to Suarez being the front forward but Liverpool are currently the club with the worst conversion rate in the Premier League. Could an out-and-out goalscorer solve these problems?
Perhaps key to any potential return to Anfield will be Dalglish’s opinion on the Spaniard. The two had a strong relationship during the height of El Nino Fever.
But Torres’ departure also saw many reports suggesting problems he caused between players. Various reports told how the squad was now more united following his sale.
Torres’ relationship with captain Steven Gerrard appeared to have waned in those final months. But is that irreparable?
Dalglish is no stranger to bringing back former star strikers. Ian Rush returned from Juventus after just one season away, albeit under different circumstances.
The only other question would be whether FSG would be prepared to spend £20m on a 27-year-old? Although, in a roundabout way the deal would signal a £30m profit.
If you were to envisage a Liverpool team with an in-form Torres back leading the line, with Suarez, Gerrard and Maxi/Kuyt/Bellamy behind him creating the chances – would you take him back?