Will Torres be saying adios to Liverpool?

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Monday, January 31st, 2011

PREMIER LEAGUE clubs are sweating today as they try to put pen to paper and finalise deals on transfer deadline day.
Rumours have been swirling around in the past week or so, with a frenzy of speculation about the fact that there could be some big-money moves on the cards.
Fernando Torres in particular has been in the spotlight, with the out-of-sorts Liverpool striker potentially leaving Anfield to join Chelsea for £50m, with Nicolas Anelka moving back to his former employers for £40m as part of the transfer package.
But how would diehard Liverpool fans be able to cope with the loss of ‘El Nino’ (the kid in Spanish), whose goals in recent seasons have helped his club challenge for honours; most notably in the 2008/09 season, the Reds came within a whisker of lifting the title.
Yet despite being compared in recent seasons to legends such as Ian Rush and even King Kenny Dalglish, for large parts of this season, the Spaniard has looked significantly off the pace and goals have been hard to come by.
His decline seems to trace back to the World Cup, where despite being part of a Spain team that triumphed in South Africa, he did not contribute any goals and he pulled up with an abductor problem in the final against Holland.
Torres’ debut season, (2006/07), after being snapped up from Atletico Madrid was sensational, as he plundered home 33 goals in 46 games. His goal rate slowed down in his second season, as he netted a respectable 17 in 38 games, albeit he spent most of it sidelined with various hamstring injuries. Last season saw Torres regain his form, scoring 22 in 32 games.
King Kenny has been hailed as Liverpool’s saviour, a man whose sheer presence raises the decibel levels in the footballing cathedral that is Anfield. You almost couldn’t imagine life without Fernando as a Liverpool fan, especially as him and Gerrard have been at the centre of what has otherwise been a miserable few years for the Merseyside club.
However, if Torres were to go to Chelsea, would this see the rebirth of a forward who has been outscored in the goal-scoring charts this season?
There has also been speculation in the press in recent weeks about the likes of Didier Drogba parting company with the West London outfit at the end of season, so maybe Torres could slot in nicely and bring down the age of what is arguably seen as an ‘old’ Chelsea side.
In what has been a mediocre season thus far for Liverpool, clinging onto Torres would be a massive victory!

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