On this day in 2009, Fernando Torres made his 100th appearance for Liverpool.
El Niño came on as a substitute for Rafael Benitez’s side in a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic, celebrating the occasion by scoring a 79th minute goal that would subsequently win Liverpool the match. Having completed a century of appearances for the Reds, Torres had netted 61 times with only Roger Hunt (68), Sam Raybould (68) and Jack Parkinson (64) scoring more after as many games.
The game itself served as a much needed boost for an ailing Liverpool side that had won only 4 of their last 16 matches. French striker, David Ngog put the Reds ahead inside 10 minutes but from there, Liverpool failed to take their chances and subsequently went into the break only 1-0 up. With a much needed second goal lacking from the matchup, Benitez introduced Torres in the second half. Liverpool’s number 9 replaced goal scorer Ngog, and the Spanish hitman delivered once again for the Reds, tapping the rebound after his initial shot was blocked by Titus Bramble to give the Reds a much needed second goal. Charles N’Zogbia pulled one back for Wigan in stoppage time but it was not enough for the visitors as Liverpool came away as 2-1 victors.