On 15-Apr-2017 In Sports
Fernando Torres at his prime was one of the greatest strikers ever. Once upon a time, he came third in Fifa's World Player of the Year race only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. During his Anfield days, Torres enjoyed a spectacular relationship with Steven Gerrard with Gerrard assisting many of Torres' goals. However, things changed in 2011 when on transfer deadline day, Torres decided to take the leap and move to Chelsea for a British transfer record fee of 50 million pounds. The move didn't go well for Torres, the goal return dropped sharply, Liverpool fans turned their back on him and later on so did the Chelsea fans. In 2014, Torres was at Anfield when Liverpool, courtesy of Steven Gerrard's slip, lost the Premier League title to Manchester City and he opens up about it in his recent interview.
He was acquired from Atlético Madrid by Rafa Benitez for then Liverpool's transfer record, 20 million pounds.
They both enjoyed a great relationship both on and off the pitch, Gerrard used to assist his goals on the pitch and helped his family off the pitch.
Torres didn't enjoy a great spell at Chelsea. He couldn't score goals with the regularity with which he used to score when in a Liverpool jersey. The added competition from Drogba and Anelka didn't help either.
In 2014, Liverpool could've won the league for the first time since 1990, part of the plan was winning vs Chelsea and keep the title's destiny in their own hands. Fernando Torres was on Chelsea's bench that day.
Steven Gerrard slipped, the loose ball was latched onto Demba Ba who ran the length of the pitch to score Chelsea's opener. Later Torres assisted Willian for Chelsea's second and that made sure Liverpool's title destiny won't be in their own hands. Liverpool lost the title to Manchester City and the defining moment was Gerrard's slip.
"I felt so sorry for Stevie,” he told the BBC’s Football Focus program. “We didn't have chances to win the Premier League and Liverpool were so close. “And I know how important it is for Liverpool to win the Premier League after so many years and it was so unfair for Stevie. He was the person who really deserved to win the Premier League, but that's football. In one second everything changed.”
Gerrard sensationally led Liverpool to Champions League glory, thanks to that night in Istanbul where he led Liverpool to win on penalties, despite being 3-0 down at half-time to AC Milan. Something he'll always be remembered for.