On this day in 1984 former Liverpool frontman Fernando Torres was born.
Signing for Liverpool back in 2007 for a then-record transfer fee of £20 million, Fernando Torres came from Atletico Madrid with much fanfare and hype surrounding his arrival on Merseyside. It didn’t take long for Torres (also known as El Niño) to settle to life at Anfield and quickly endeared himself to fans by opening his account at Liverpool in a 2-1 win over bitter rivals Chelsea.
From netting his first Liverpool goal Torres didn’t look back, going on to score a sublime 81 goals from 142 appearances. Fernando Torres, Liverpool’s number nine; the Spaniard was adored by the Anfield faithful, which made his desire to leave in 2011 even more galling.
Torres made a £50 million switch to Chelsea in January 2011 but was never able to replicate his form from Liverpool. After a brief loan spell at AC Milan, Torres returned to Atletico Madrid where he is still currently playing. Despite his transfer to Chelsea much of the resentment directed towards Torres has since expired and El Niño even made a return to Anfield in 2015 to play alongside Gerrard and Suarez in an all-star charity match, featuring as one of Liverpool’s all-time favourite number nines.