Thursday 04 July 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
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"
"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.