By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall July 4, 2007 at 11:39AM
Fernando Torres is a Red.
Ask the boys down at Nevada Smith's and they'll tell you; I called this a few weeks ago. I am sad to see Luis Garcia head in the other direction (called that too), but it seems that the timing as right for the 29-year-old to head back home to Spain to recover from his knee injury. That said, Fernando Torres is the striker I have coveted for two seasons now, and I think I speak for most Liverpool supporters when I say I am thrilled to have the young striker join the club for what is reportedly £20 million. Torres is far and away our most expensive signing ever, and with the new American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks splashing the cash (and with a reportedly space-age new Anfield on the way), it's time for Liverpool to challenge for honors in all competitions; Most important? The Premiership. It's been 17 years since we won it (1989-90 was the last time we won the league) and the signing of Torres signals our intent to challenge for the title. We still have some work to do (a world class winger must now be at the top of the shopping list), but a young, talented striker like Torres is certainly a tremendous start.
And El Niño is already talking the talk. In an interview with Liverpoolfc.tv, the club's official website, Torres pushes all the right buttons in the hearts of Liverpool fans everywhere:
Q: How much do you know about Liverpool Football Club?
A: "Obviously growing up in Spain you are aware of all the big clubs there, but you also keep an eye on Europe, and Liverpool always catches the eye. It always did for me. I had older brothers who'd tell me about the likes of Keegan and Rush, but the first players I remember seeing as a fan are players like Robbie Fowler. My main memory is seeing Liverpool's incredible record in Europe, and I certainly followed that closely."
A mention of Keegan, Rush and Folwer in one sentence? The kid is smart, too.
I've been hearing lost of shit-stirrers who once coveted Torres blather on enviously about his unproven record in England (which is the same unproven record for anyone who has never played in the league) and how he averaged 15 goals a year at Atlético Madrid. Well, guess what? The kid was carrying that mediocre team on his shoulders since he was named captain at age 19; He is a tremendously talented player who will thrive with service from Steven Gerrard, a finally fit Harry Kewell, Xabi Alonso and in partnership with Dirk Kuyt and Peter Crouch.
People point to another Fernando, Fernando Morientes, and his inability to adapt to English football (despite thriving in Spain) as an example of how Liverpool have overpaid for a risky prospect, but Torres has twice the pace of Morientes and is much younger. He is a completely differnt type of player than Morientes, and maybe it will take time, but I see a legend in the making.
Have a look... (the music is crap, but the goals are quality)...
I am fucking psyched... Bring home #19 and #6 son! Roll the '07 season!
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