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Torres Must Up His Game To Get Move

Fernando Torres Liverpool 2010/11 Birmingham City V Liverpool (0-0) 12/09/10 The Premier League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
This coming weekend Liverpool will travel to Old Trafford giving Fernando Torres a chance to relive arguably his finest hour in a Liverpool shirt. In March 2008 Liverpool travelled along the M62 take on Alex Ferguson’s men knowing a win was vital to keep them in the title race. Enter Fernando Torres who raised his game to United defender to give Nemanja Vidic a torrid afternoon.

Liverpool would eventually run out 4-1 winners and although they wouldn’t go on to win the title, Torres’ performance had a raised expectations on him higher than ever. But unfortunately the former Atlético Madrid hit-man has never been able to hit the same heights since then.

A frustrating injury hit spell was topped off by yesterday’s performance in the dour draw with Birmingham demonstrated which just how far away from Torres is from his best. He looked completely lacking in confidence and motivation and the only positive to come out of his display was that he lasted the 90th minutes.

Torres looked a shadow of his usual self, which is a worrying sign for Liverpool fans. After constant links with a move away from Liverpool in the summer, Torres ‘opted’ to stay put, but is he already regretting his decision?

Personally I don’t think that Torres did choose to stay at Anfield. I can’t but help think that if a potential move away from Anfield had of materialised then Torres would have jumped ship. I think the Spaniard has too much class about his personality to demand a move, and when nobody came in for him he was almost back in to a corner and forced to stay.

The reason why nobody came in for Torres is also down to his personality. I highly doubt he would want to move to another Premier League club out of respect to Liverpool. Likewise he wouldn’t play for Real Madrid due to his former connections at Atlético.

This means that Torres is now faced with a potential move to Italy or to Barcelona. With no Italian club seemingly in a financial position to bid for him, it is really only Barcelona that I can see him moving for the forward. Having said that though if rumors are to be believed than they aren’t in the most financially secure position either!

But I feel that if Barcelona want Torres they will find the money. Now Torres has to make them want him. The only way for him to do that is to return to his best form, and the only way to do that is to put in more effort than he did yesterday. The plus side for Liverpool is that they will get the best out of him this season if he adopts this attitude and up’s his game accordingly in a bid to get his dream move.

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  1. Kyle

    September 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    More glory hunting rubbish. Clubs did come in for him it is just they tried to low ball us on the fee.

  2. Alex

    September 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    The bottom line is that Liverpool is, and will be, a work in progress for several months. They have to figure out that system and work in new personnel for that system. They don’t have the top-caliber talent at all 11 positions on the pitch anymore, and have to learn to compensate for that.

    I feel that Roy is doing a great job so far, and is meeting reasonable expectations. Torres is still working his way back from injury, and will benefit from the integration of Joe Cole and Meireles into the side.

    It’s too early to make judgments about teams, or should we start preparing for Blackpool going to the Champion’s League?

  3. moon

    September 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    torres is struggling at the moment, but apart from Gerrard, and Reina,he is surrounded by average players

  4. skykop

    September 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    How many players do you know who wore their club colours while celebrating a worlc cup triumph? The boy is going nowhere. The only way he leaves is if the ownership situation doesn’t change…or if the two idiots start selling players to relieve club debt. He’s coming back to match fitness. To write that he needs to play better to get a move is ridiculous. I doubt your thinking would be the same if Drogba or Rooney were having a slow start to the season

  5. Mike76

    September 13, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    It seems Liverpool are still easy targets for people that like to stir up trouble. Let’s just think how many games Torres has played since the world cup and think back to last season. There have been big gaps, so OF COURSE it is going to take time for him to get back to his best.

    I am a big name from one of the other top clubs in a similar position would not be subject to the same harassment and being written off.


    And agree with the previous poster re:Jamie Redknapp – he is an idiot.

  6. calamityjames

    September 13, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Anyone know if Directv will be showing Liverpool’s Europa League match this week?

  7. Duck

    September 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    The guy isn’t getting any service from the midfield. People are already judging Liverpool and discounting them for the season, but J Cole is off suspension now and Meireles looked decent in his limited time. Liverpool are level on points with Spurs and City, but journos want to make it look like the season is lost.

  8. john

    September 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    unreal! THe guy goes one game without a goal and the knives are sharpened. He scored two for spain during the week and got the winner in liverpools last game before this one. People have such short memories…torres is the best in the world bar none

  9. Simon Burke

    September 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I’d say this from Alan Hansen is by far the most sensible thing I have read on Torres. Spot on.

  10. DaLimey

    September 13, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    This is the exact same nonsense that was in the British tabloids. He is coming back from injury, and is low on form and confidence. The idea that it is because he didn’t want to play for Liverpool seems to have come from comments from Jamie Redknapp, a former player turned pundit, who is not the brightest guy in the world.
    This entire concept falls apart when you realize he was almost identical for Spain in the World Cup. What, did he wish he wasn’t Spanish, and really wished he had been born in France?
    Torres knew he was going nowhere, as has been pointed out, there is only one obvious club for him to move to in the world, and they had just bought his inform Spanish strike partner. That deal was never on. Torres will come good again. Right now he doesn’t have that extra yard of instant acceleration, it will return as long as he avoids injury. I predict, if he stays fit, then in about 5 games nobody will be saying anything negative about him. As to leaving. If Liverpool get new owners sorted out by January and bring in a couple of quality players, with more linked for the Summer, he will stay. If Liverpool are still having to sell squad members to try and buy squad members, then he will probably be off.

  11. SSReporters

    September 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Huge breaking news story. Ian Darke will join ESPN US to be the voice of the Premier League. Will let you know when more info comes along but it’s been confirmed on a broadcasting forum I’m on.

    • Gaz Hunt

      September 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm

      Somewhat related – ESPN isn’t showing the Stoke City against Aston Villa game that they were supposed to show on ESPN3.

      Anyone know where it went?

      • The Gaffer

        September 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm

        It was shown live on at 3pm ET today. There weren’t any plans to show it on TV as far as I know.

        The Gaffer

        • Gaz Hunt

          September 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm

          Got it now – there was an hour or so where it wasn’t showing up as live or replay.

  12. Hordur Jonsson

    September 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Torres has never indicated that a dream move would be Barcelona, however he has often said that he is currently at the place he wants to play his football

    • Alex

      September 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm

      Barca doesn’t have the money needed to pry Torres away from Liverpool. They also have David Villa now, the man they wanted and were willing to get rid of Ibra for.

  13. Clampdown

    September 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    While I won’t disagree with most of what you wrote, I would like to point out that part of the problem for Torres yesterday was that he had zero space in which to operate. Yes, his touch was not particularly good, but it was very easy for Brum to surround him every time he had the ball. With almost no creativity at all coming from the midfield, Liverpool are not particularly difficult to defend right now.

    Lucas? Maxi? Ugh. An 80-year-old granny with a walker is more threatening than those two.

    • Alex

      September 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm

      Could not agree more. I feel that people are ignoring the stat that Sky mentioned right at the beginning of their broadcast: 13 goals scored by Birmingham in 13 home games, conceding only 11. Their defense played very well and Liverpool have not beaten them in ages.

      We did not have the steel on Sunday to battle with Birmingham’s midfield players, and there was very little creativity–Lucas is showing that he is not suited to the English game.

      While some of the criticism of Torres is warranted, he has a magnificent track record as a striker–a few years ago showed that he was arguably the best striker in the Premiership. He’s fighting a string of injuries and trying to get back into form, conditions that aren’t favorable to his performance.

  14. BDS

    September 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    RBS have already moved the loan to their toxic assets department. They are not going to extend the loan past October 6th and the American owners cannot stop them.

    RBS are only going to be looking to get their £237 million back. Why would somebody have bought the team for the £600 million the owners were looking for when they know they will be able to get it significantly less come October 6th.

    Any new owner is going to consider Torres as part of their plans. There is no reason to think that if there is some significant investment into new players that Torres will not stay.

  15. Brian

    September 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    When Chelsea was linked with him this summer at around 70 million, I was readily accepting to hammer out a deal. Currently, I don’t know if an asking price of half that would make me want him!

    His problems can be attributed to lack of top European football, injuries, regular dip in form, and an honest assessment of the woeful supporting cast he has supplying him service, combined with the lack of a quality strike partner.

    All of these things could be rectified wwith a move, save the injuries, but he looks…”off.” Strikers thrive on confidence – they have massive egos that allow them to hit unparalleled highs but can result in catastrophic lows. Torres shows disinterest, frustration, and a lack of that keen mindset of thinking 3 steps ahead to create the goals he needs to score for Liverpool right now.

    • UpTheBlues

      September 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm

      It would have been a waste of 70mil… thankfully we didn’t buy him.

      • Brian

        September 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm

        When Torres is on form, there isn’t a more complete striker in the world. Mind you, that’s complete, not the best. We all know who the best is right now on form, and its the man we already have that’s bought and paid for.

        If we were talking about the Torres of a year, year and a half ago, 70 million is almost a bargain for the high intensity matches you are going to use him in. But right now, even back at top form, gobs of money to bring him in scares me because of how utterly useless he looks right now. Flashes of brilliance still there but aside, he looks like a disinterested drifter with little confidence in hismelf or his clubmates.

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