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Thursday 04 July 2013

On this day in 2007: Liverpool's deal for Fernando Torres sealed

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall an Atletico Madrid striker moving to Merseyside

  • Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez hailed the skills of Fernando Torres

  • Torres got late cleareance to make his debut in the Barclays Asia Trophy for Liverpool

  • He scored 65 League goals in 102 matches during his stay at Anfield

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 4 July 2007 - Fernando Torres signs for Liverpool

After 12 years at Atletico Madrid, striker Fernando Torres, 23, left his boyhood club for Liverpool, where he took the No 9 shirt made famous by Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler before him.

"The Liverpool offer arrived and I told the club to listen to that offer as that is the team I wanted to play for," Torres said. "It's one of the best, if not the best, club in Europe.

"It's one of the best, if not the best, club in Europe"
Fernando Torres

"It has been a difficult decision to leave my all-time club. But it would have been hard for me to reject Liverpool's offer. It is a big leap for me and I think it was the right thing for everyone.

"The time comes in the life of a player that he needs more challenges."

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez enthused over the club’s record signing. "He has power, pace, is good in the air, scores goals, can dribble and do a lot of things,” Benitez said. “The kind of striker he is is different to the other strikers we have at the moment."

Many fans first got to see Torres in action in a Liverpool shirt at the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, where, with seconds to spare, his international clearance came through from the Spanish Federation for him to be registered in the squad to face Portsmouth in the final of the tournament. The striker came off the bench early into the second half but it was an inauspicious start as he missed from the penalty shootout won by Harry Redknapp’s team.

That miss was not a bad omen for Torres who beat Robbie Fowler’s record to become the fastest player to score 50 League goals at Liverpool, in 72 matches.

In total he scored 65 Barclays Premier League goals in 102 matches before he was bought by Chelsea in January 2011.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember the day in 2007 when a Spanish striker swapped Atletico Madrid for Liverpool