Saturday marks exactly eight years since Liverpool signed Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid, and here Henry Jackson selects El Nino’s 10 best Reds goals.
Although things may have ended a little bitterly with Fernando Torres when he joined Chelsea in January 2011, he was still one of Liverpool’s best players of the Premier League era.
We were fortunate to see the Spaniard’s peak years spent at Anfield, after he joined for £20.2 million from Atletico Madrid on 4th July 2007, and his tally of 81 goals in just 142 appearances is a truly world-class return.
During his three and a half years on Merseyside, Torres scored some majestic goals, inspiring Liverpool to victory time and time again.
Clashes against Manchester United are invariably tight, hostile affairs that can all come down to a piece of individual brilliance, and Torres proved to be the difference against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in 2009/10.
Having received a clever pass from Yossi Benayoun, the Spain legend outmuscled Rio Ferdinand—one of Europe’s best centre-backs at the time—before finishing emphatically past Edwin van der Sar.
Although perhaps not as obvious a goal to include as some of his curled efforts or thumping strikes, this wonderful piece of artistry against Newcastle United was Torres at his sensational best.
Having nodded the ball down for Gerrard near the halfway line, Torres was then found by the skipper with a wonderful through-ball. The Spaniard produced a Pele-esque dummy on Steve Harper, before finishing ruthlessly.
Torres and Gerrard were the best front pairing in Europe at that time, and this goal outlined their genius.
There may have been more important goals scored by Torres in a Liverpool shirt, but his sensational strike against Blackburn in 2009 just has to be No. 1.
Jamie Carragher’s long ball found the chest of the then-25-year-old on the right-hand side of the area, and out of nowhere, the world-class striker spun and volleyed an outrageous shot into the top corner of Paul Robinson’s net.