Fernando Torres - Liverpool Biography
Fernando Torres signed for Liverpool in a club record £20million move which saw Luis Garcia move in the opposite direction in a separate deal. The decision to leave the club he joined as a young child 12 years ago was difficult but in order for Fernando to grow and develop as a player the time was right to leave. At Liverpool he would no longer be the only star in the team and as a result became a liberated player. In his first season in English football Fernando Torres broke the record for the most league goals in a debut season by a foreigner. He scored 24 goals from 33 matches breaking Ruud Van Nistlerooy's record for Manchester United of 23 goals in his first season. He scored a total of 33 goals in 46 matches in all competitions in his debut season, leaving kop fans in no doubt that El Nino was the missing piece of the Premiership jigsaw.
His second season was plagued with hamstring problems that was in no part helped by Spain's success in the summer, leaving El Nino with little rest and preparation time for the new season. When he did play he was devastating, his speed, technical ability, awareness and power had centre half's shaking in there boots. In December 2008 Torres was shortlisted by FIFA for the World Player of the Year, eventually coming third behind winner Cristiano Ronaldo and runner up Lionel Messi.
Fernando managed to get a run of games under his belt in the business end of the season. He and Steven Gerrard's partnership became explosive again culminating in a 4-0 Champions League victory against Real Madrid at Anfield and a 4-1 mauling of Manchester United at Old Trafford. This form left kopites wondering what if Torres and Gerrard had been fit all season. As it turned out Liverpool were eliminated from Europe in the quarter finals by Chelsea and finished 4 points behind Man Utd in the title race. Torres scored 14 goals from 24 matches in the league and racked up 17 goals from 34 matches in all competitions.