With Premiership Player Profile’s second batch almost at the end, today we look at Liverpool and Spain striker, Fernando Torres.
Fernando Torres is a striker currently attached to Premiership club Liverpool and is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world to this current day.
However, before his transfer to the Merseyside club, Torres was an integral part of Spanish club, Atletico Madrid, where he progressed through the youth ranks.
During his time at Atletico, Torres amassed 91 goals in 241 appearances in all competitions and became the attention of several Premiership clubs including Chelsea, Manchester United and his future club, Liverpool.
With Atletico’s failure to secure a UEFA Cup spot for the 2007/2008 season, it was reported Liverpool had agreed a deal to bring the Spanish striker to the club for a reported fee of £25 million with Luis Garcia going to Madrid as part of the deal. Days later, Diego Forlan signed for Los Colchoneros, paving the way for Torres’ move to Liverpool.
Torres was part of the Atletico set up before moving to Liverpool.
The 26 year old made an immediate impact at Anfield, as on his home debut he scored the goal in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea and weeks later scored his first hat trick for the club in a Carling Cup match against Reading.
The former Atletico man had a fantastic debut season for the Reds as he scored successive hat tricks at Anfield en route to a haul of 33 goals in 46 games in all competitions in his debut season. His 24 goals in the league meant Torres became the most prolific foreign goal scorer ever in a debut season in England.
The following season, Torres scored 17 goals in 38 appearances including his 50th goal for the club against Tottenham Hotspur in just 84 appearances.
Torres in action for Liverpool.
This current season has seen the 26 year old score 18 goals in 22 league games, including the winning goal against Aston Villa in December which saw Torres become the fastest Liverpool player ever to score 50 league goals.
The Spaniard’s goal tally this season currently stands at 20 goals in 31 games in all competition.
However, it is not just Torres’ performances for Liverpool that has caught the eyes of so many pundits, but his performances for his national team Spain also. El Nino currently has 23 goals in 71 caps for Spain and has built a formidable partnership with Valencia striker David Villa. Torres was part of the Spain team that won Euro 2008.
Aswell as building a super partnership for his national team with David Villa, Torres has also built a superb partnership with Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard.
With Gerrard’s superb passing, Torres offers blistering pace and a superb eye for goal in which he has been recognised as one of the best strikers in the world.
Torres and Gerrard have built a brilliant partnership at Anfield.
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