Maddock – ‘Fernando Torres Should Return To Liverpool’

By on December 12, 2011

Respected Daily Mirror columnist David Maddock wrote an interesting article about Chelsea’s Fernando Torres during the week.

He explored the depths to which the once all-conquering Spanish and ex- Liverpool forward has sunken and is now warming the bench for his present club when he could be scoring goals for fun at his old club Liverpool. Here is some of what David said:

“The sight of Torres warming up along the touchline on Tuesday evening was one of those laugh or cry moments; his body language so appalling, his humiliation so apparent, you could actually feel some sympathy for a bloke whose annual salary equals the GDP of a small nation.

His move to Chelsea has been a disaster hasn’t it? Unmitigated, debilitating disaster. He left Liverpool in search of honours he said, in search of a more powerful team and the bright lights of big competition. He found the Carling Cup.

So I have a solution. They are a forgiving lot at Anfield, the fans quick to embrace an underdog and show the sort of love and affection that could just revive the career of Fernando Torres.

Sure, there are many who believe him a traitor of the highest order, those who would never forgive him, but there are many who feel it is a shame he never quite cemented the place in Liverpool legend he was on his way to achieving.

And Kenny Dalglish has a problem with strikers. Luis Suarez could find himself banned for a fair chunk of the holiday period, given his indiscretions of late, and in his absence, the Reds boss can’t fancy his alternatives too much.

Even if Suarez miraculously escapes a ban, Liverpool still have a problem up front. Suarez is a top class player, a true talent and a joy at times to watch, but he is not an out and out goalscorer. His conversion rate in front of goal is actually rather worrying, as his stats show the most shots in the Premier League, but only four goals.

What he needs is a goalscorer beside him. But so far, Andy Carroll hasn’t looked like a goalscorer either. He’s got plenty of talent, he’s contributed in terms of the team, but hasn’t looked much like finding the net on a regular basis.

When he was at Liverpool Torres was a goalscorer. And he’s clearly not wanted at Chelsea. So why not let him go back to Anfield for a bit, to see if he can rediscover his old muse? If there is one set of fans who will help him find it, then it is the Anfield support.

There is the small matter of course, that a rejuvenated Torres could score the goals Liverpool have been missing, and inspire them to a top four finish that may oust Chelsea from the Champions’ League party.

But what the hell, it’s nearly Christmas, it’s time for giving. And clearly, there are plenty of people at Stamford Bridge who’d like to give Fernando Torres something right now.”

(c) Daily Mirror

When Torres left Liverpool for rivals Chelsea a year ago I was one of many fans to brand him a traitor for leaving this club that had helped ignite his career under Rafa Benitez, where he broke many Liverpool goalscoring records including the fastest player to get to 50 goals at Anfield.

It is pitiful to see him flounder at Chelsea, he did say recently that he missed the intimacy of the City of Liverpool compared to the unforgiving metropolis of London. Big question of the week, would Liverpool fans have him back at Anfield or would you leave him to rot at Chelsea?

Thanks to Friends of Liverpool for submitting this post

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107 Comments

  1. kevin

    December 13, 2011 at 1:05 am

    i have been dreaming about el nino’s return to liverpool ever since his poor form at chelsea

  2. Ashfah Hussain

    December 13, 2011 at 1:53 am

    We should help him in the way we did to Ian Rush who returned from an unhappy stint in Juventes.

  3. istnbl2005

    December 13, 2011 at 2:00 am

    id have him back if he made a public statement of regret first and apologised to the fans, not in a humiliating way, but we wont and cant forgive and forget without it…..suarez + torres – carroll = prem

  4. GK (Geethesh)

    December 13, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Mr david madok thank u so much for ur article….
    I want torres to come back to liverpool…. He is a team player n in chelsea if u want to be successfull u should be selfish than team game. And it s 110% true torres cant be successfull in chelsea because he is a team player n especially he is our(liverpool) property… A true red cant be successfull in blue..
    Please AVB sell torres n Kenny purchase him please …. dont spoil torres’s football…..

  5. Justin

    December 13, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Although I think many will see it as a backwards move, I’d love to see him back. I agree that a full statement/apology to the fans is in order, but Rushie was forgiven and is now part of LFC folklore.

    Maybe a loan spell first, without committing ourselves financially, as we don’t know how Torres will fit in with our new style. If it works and the fans accept him, why not show the rest of the world the class and open-mindedness of the Anfield crowd.

  6. Matty K

    December 13, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Admit I dispised Torres & wished him the worst & now….even I feel a little sorry for him. I also picture his pace & finishing touches up front could well be the missing link to Liverpools success – get him back – I forgive….I believe.

  7. Leebaba

    December 13, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I’ve always loved torres though he let me down when he left for all clubs chelsea but at that i still saw hym a kopite so i’d gladly have him back albeit he must give a heart rending apology for ever stating that he was going to search for more glory nd a stronger team

  8. Kenny's Puma Boots

    December 13, 2011 at 6:17 am

    This is a kick in the face of all the current players who were there when Torres was.

    I wouldn’t have Torres back selling pies.

    Screw him.
    He can willow in his pity on the Chelsea bench.

  9. shadrac

    December 13, 2011 at 6:59 am

    It wil nt happen so fast remember anelka and drogba wil be leaving chelsea so they wil giv him a chance til the end of the season and it wil by the end of the season not now……stop dreaming atleast til d end of d season……

  10. Joey

    December 13, 2011 at 7:08 am

    I dunno, maybe he needs a fresh start…kind of weird if its back at Liverpool. Frankly, I’d rather villa over torres…How about a Andy for Fenando trade straight up. no fees….maybe?

    • Miles

      December 13, 2011 at 8:53 am

      @Joey: No one other than Dalglish is silly enough to pay Mobscene money for a donkey disguised as a striker.

  11. Michael Roberts

    December 13, 2011 at 7:28 am

    1. Chelsea would never sell him back to us.
    2. Torres wouldn’t want to come back to us.
    3. Dalglish wouldn’t want him back with us .
    4. Mr Henry wouldn’t want him back with us.
    All the above wouldn’t want him back due to the fact they almost begged him not to leave, and also the respect between Dalglish and Torres git burnt during the last weeks of January 2011.
    Torres has said to much about Liverpool when he left and that can not be healed. The lad stated he NEVER kissed the badge and Never touched the “This is Anfield” sign because it was just another club to him and that the only club he loves is Athletico Madrid .
    I personally would like the OLD Torres back …. But this one …………NEVER.
    It would be like dumping your with for the ugliest one night stand you ever woke up with on a Sunday morning and thinking WTF have I done!!!!!
    We as a club have better options than getting him back. Higuan would be a much better option IMO.
    So stop dreaming and comparing this to the return of Ian Rush cos it’s nothing like that .

    • arni

      December 14, 2011 at 10:10 am

      agree agree agree agree

  12. Michael Roberts

    December 13, 2011 at 7:30 am

    1. Chelsea would never sell him back to us.
    2. Torres wouldn’t want to come back to us.
    3. Dalglish wouldn’t want him back with us .
    4. Mr Henry wouldn’t want him back with us.
    All the above wouldn’t want him back due to the fact they almost begged him not to leave, and also the respect between Dalglish and Torres git burnt during the last weeks of January 2011.
    Torres has said to much about Liverpool when he left and that can not be healed. The lad stated he NEVER kissed the badge and Never touched the “This is Anfield” sign because it was just another club to him and that the only club he loves is Athletico Madrid .
    I personally would like the OLD Torres back …. But this one …………NEVER.
    It would be like dumping your wife for the ugliest one night stand you ever woke up with on a Sunday morning and thinking WTF have I done!!!!!
    We as a club have better options than getting him back. Higuan would be a much better option IMO.
    So stop dreaming and comparing this to the return of Ian Rush cos it’s nothing like that .

  13. Ashrock

    December 13, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Yep i hpe he comes bak bt, would chealsea b wilin 2 do biz wit torres?

  14. diesel

    December 13, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Like everyone else I loved the lad when he played in the red of Liverpool…..But it would be like taking your missus back after she had been sleeping with a bloke just because he had more money than you….it would never be the same as it was…..he made his bed..now let him lay in it..we’ve moved on! YNWA.

    • Miles

      December 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

      @diesel: Given an analogy like yours, I could only conclude that anything is possible. Allow me to cite just two examples. Even after her husband, John, had misused his manhood in respect of some inappropriate tiny openings, Susan Terry welcomed her husband back with open feet. Similarly, Ryan Gigg’s ‘delivery-man’ brother was more than willing to accept payment for Ryan’s indiscretion where it was rumoured that several penetrations occurred between the younger brother’s wife and his elder brother.

  15. Francis(nigeria)

    December 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Torres torres.he breaks my heart immediately i had that he handed his transfer request.i wish he gud luck at chelsea.and bad luck in his form.iam sorry for him.we still needs him.

  16. El pistol

    December 13, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Man….wouldn’t it be amazing to watch luis and nando play upfront for the REDS ? Come back ElNino ! YNWA

  17. craig

    December 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    let him rot on the chelsea bench he would cost around 40 mill if not the full 50 mill and he is not even in the scoring form he was for us when he left (not at the very end)so i would rather get higuin or tevez for a hell of alot less or both lol

  18. marcus

    December 13, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    He went looking for trophies, he got a bench to sit on instead. Sometimes you make stupid mistakes, we are all guilty of it. I doubt he will come back though.

  19. Jezza

    December 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    As much hurt as he caused us when he left to learnt grass isn’t always greener I would love to see Luis an nando rocking the kop everyone makes.mistakes but I genuinely believe he’s a red and always will be! I also think his agent did a lot of stirring and advised him badly unfortunately money talks an he’s had to learn the had way.el Nino ynwa

  20. David Aris-Sutton

    December 13, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    A pointless bit of speculation but if it could happen then I think it would be to the benefit of both Nando and LFC, I also believe that the majority of LFC fans could forgive, as soon as he scores against MUFC or CFC!

  21. Marvin Bonny

    December 14, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I would like liverpool to get torres back i no he move on but we have to forget that now he is still one of the best striker in the world he need to be back in a red shirt so plz kenny bring him back.

  22. Jass

    December 14, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Offcourse Torres had made a big mistake of his life. His arrogance his nonsense left him of no where. But we had a love with him. We loved him. He has faced consequences of his mistakes. He is in need of support. Chirstmass is approaching near which teach scarifices, arrogance is not a answer to arrogance. Love is the thing which can mealt the arrogance of any level. We must show him our bitterness by firstly taking him to that level where he was and than saying good bye. A Sweet separation where both fealt winners. No one feel looser. After all he was our blood. How we can humilate our blood by others. We loved him brothers and wishing he die feeling the pain of our love.

  23. gerasimos

    December 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    bring him back kenny

  24. max

    December 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    You are forgiven. Come home. no apology required.

  25. Brittanyred

    December 15, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    So, he never touched the badge, but why then showing Red colors minutes after the World Cup final? No one asked him. Human being is unperfect by nature. We all do mistakes. Torres is no different (shall I remind you how Celtic fans felt when Kenny left? It didn’t stopped him coming back as a manager…)

  26. Leo oz

    December 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Forgive Fernando, everyone makes mistakes.

  27. David Villa

    December 17, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Would love to see him back in a Pool shirt!!! Get it done Kenny! P.S. I have a broken leg anyway!!

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