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For The Love Of Torres (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk Podcast

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The fourth round of the FA Cup saw the league’s top four barely survive, though the fifth of the Big Five (Tottenham) met their end at Craven Cottage. On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer, and the returning Laurence McKenna discuss the weekend’s results, outcomes that failed to producing the type of captivating upset we’ve come to hope for from our knock-out competitions. With a fifth round draw that fails to pit any of the big boys against each other, is the FA Cup destined to end up in the hands of one of the league’s titans?

But for the bulk of this show, we’ll be talking about the news that’s dominated the last day’s headlines. As the transfer window closes, the rumor to fact ratio increases. As it concerns Fernando Torres, the stories surrounding his potential move to Chelsea have been confirmed as more truth than lie. We discuss the deteriorating link between Torres and Anfield and where the Reds go from here.

And finally, we look to mid-week, where a Tuesday fixture list sees Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea with difficult challenges to their title quest.

One note: In the show, we mistakenly refer to the FA, not the League, as having handed Ian Holloway a fine.

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For The Love Of Torres (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk Podcast

EPL Talk Podcast Logo draft 300x242 For The Love Of Torres (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk PodcastThe fourth round of the FA Cup saw the league’s top four barely survive, though the fifth of the Big Five (Tottenham) met their end at Craven Cottage. On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer, and the returning Laurence McKenna discuss the weekend’s results, outcomes that failed to producing the type of captivating upset we’ve come to hope for from our knock-out competitions. With a fifth round draw that fails to pit any of the big boys against each other, is the FA Cup destined to end up in the hands of one of the league’s titans?

But for the bulk of this show, we’ll be talking about the news that’s dominated the last day’s headlines. As the transfer window closes, the rumor to fact ratio increases. As it concerns Fernando Torres, the stories surrounding his potential move to Chelsea have been confirmed as more truth than lie. We discuss the deteriorating link between Torres and Anfield and where the Reds go from here.

And finally, we look to mid-week, where a Tuesday fixture list sees Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea with difficult challenges to their title quest.

One note: In the show, we mistakenly refer to the FA, not the League, as having handed Ian Holloway a fine.

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2 Responses to For The Love Of Torres (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk Podcast

  1. Jeff C. says:

    I think you guys kind of missed the point in your disdain for the dismay Liverpool supporters felt following Torres’s transfer request. It’s not simply that LFC supporters had unrealistic expectations of Torres’s loyalty (although Torres certainly fed those expectations with statements over the years) or that they couldn’t imagine anyone leaving LFC for a “bigger” club (Xabi Alonso, anyone?). No, I think that the dismay many felt was a matter of timing more than anything. As a Liverpool fan, I fully expected Torres to try to leave this coming summer. But for him to submit a transfer request three days before the window closes, put LFC in a very difficult position, raising the specter that the club would be unable to replace him in time and thus would be significantly weakened for the remainder of the season. As it happens, it looks like LFC managed just fine in the limited time available (although they’ve overpaid for Carroll). But I still think that most of the anger at Torres wasn’t because he wanted to leave, but because of the way he chose to leave (and to Chelsea, for goodness’ sake).

    • summer says:

      Exactly. I was so sure that Torres would be gone by the summer that I planned my first trip to Anfield next month, thinking the remainder of this season would be my only chance to see him play with the club. I think his timing caught a lot of people by surprise, especially considering the managerial change and that the Suarez deal was in the works. (Naive to think this would placate him?) I suppose the offer might not have been there in the summer (certainly not the magnitude) so he felt like he had to move now. I’m devastated nonetheless.

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