5 greatest Fernando Torres moments in a Liverpool shirt
A few days ago, Fernando Torres announced his retirement from football after a pretty impressive 18-year career. He has accomplished quite a lot during his playing days, including World Cup and UEFA Euro victories. Torres became an Atletico Madrid legend after two successful stints at his boyhood club and he won the Champions League while at Chelsea.
However, most football fans will remember the former Spanish hotshot for his fiery spell at Liverpool. He was absolutely adored by the Anfield fans, contributing in a major way. Torres scored 81 goals in three and a half seasons for the Reds, creating many lasting memories for the Kop faithful.
He was perfect for the club at the time, deep into its Spanish phase under Rafa Benitez. Had Torres remained fit for a longer period, Liverpool may have won a trophy or two thanks to El Nino. Nevertheless, his time at Liverpool will always be looked back at fondly. For those few years, Fernando Torres was just a different beast. He was the best striker in the world.
Here are his five greatest moments during his Liverpool career, when he was in his personal prime.
#5 Late show vs Chelsea (2008-09)
2008-09 was a weird season for Fernando Torres. After the stunning debut season he had, expectations were aloft. Unfortunately, he was ravaged with injury problems throughout the first half of the campaign. Torres scored five goals in his first six Premier League games and stayed at that tally for almost four months.
By then, Liverpool's potential title challenge had faded away and their hopes were hanging by a thread. The Reds had to beat Chelsea at Anfield to avoid letting Manchester United run away with the prize. Liverpool played a blinder of a game and dominated proceeding, but Chelsea were resistant and looked to clinch a vital point.
Then, at the 89th minute, with the score still at 0-0, up stepped the big man. Fernando Torres popped up and scored a near-post header to send the Kop into euphoria. He went on and celebrated with his signature slide before transitioning into a sitting position.
Torres would add another to secure a huge 2-0 victory and continue Liverpool's fight for the Premier League title. It would not happen, but El Nino did enjoy some great outings in the final three months of the campaign.