July 21, 2022
On this day in 2007: Fernando Torres signs for Liverpool

Liverpool broke their transfer record to sign Spanish striker Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid on this day in 2007.

Torres cost Liverpool a fee of £26.5million and was bought after the club’s Champions League final loss to AC Milan by manager Rafael Benitez.

He had spent 12 years with hometown club Atletico, where he became the youngest player in club history, making his debut in May 2001 aged 17.

Internationally, Torres’ medal collection includes a World Cup and two European Championships. He made over 100 appearances for Spain and he scored the winning goal in the Euro 2008 final.

At Anfield

Liverpool’s Fernando Torres and captain Steven Gerrard had a strong partnership (Peter Byrne/PA)

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Torres went on to win the hearts of Liverpool fans, scoring 81 times in 142 appearances during his four years at the club.

Despite Torres’ form in front of goal, his time at Anfield was trophyless, a narrow Premier League second place finish to rivals Manchester United was the closest to silverware during his time on Merseyside.

In 2008-09 the Reds lost just twice in the Premier League but 11 draws proved to be their undoing, finishing just four points behind leaders United on 86.

Leaving Merseyside

Torres left Anfield for Premier League rivals Chelsea in January 2011 (Chris Ison/PA)

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Torres sealed a £50m move from Liverpool to Premier League rivals Chelsea in 2011, severing a prolific partnership with Reds captain Steven Gerrard.

It was then a tumultuous time at Anfield, Benitez had left the club and the owners were looking to sell when he left for London.

Torres’ move south didn’t have the same impact as his time at Liverpool.

The Spaniard has only found the net 45 times in 172 appearances, despite coming away with FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League winners’ medals.

Get away from England

After Chelsea, Torres moved to AC Milan before returning to Atletico and finishing in Japan (Adam Davy/PA)

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Torres moved to AC Milan on a two-year loan in August 2014 before making the move permanent in January, but soon after returned to Atletico on loan until the end of the 2015 season -16.

Torres signed a permanent deal with Atletico in July 2016 and would stay there for another two seasons before ending his career with Sagan Tosu in Japan.

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