Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has hit out at Fernando Torres’ record-breaking move to Chelsea on the final day of the January transfer window.
Speaking on Friday in Perth, Fowler was part of a radio promotion to raise money for Queensland flood victims, where Perth Glory players had to wear a ‘Shirt that Hurt’.
Although many expected Fowler to wear a Manchester United or Everton jersey, he chose a number nine Liverpool top, worn backwards and emblazoned with Torres’ name.
The 35-year-old striker took the opportunity to express his displeasure at Torres’ 50-million-pound move to the London club.
“There is nothing wrong with the front of the shirt but it’s just the name on the back,” Fowler told the Perth Glory website.
“With what’s happened this week it’s a shirt that not only myself but many Liverpool fans would rather not wear just yet.”
“He (Torres) did not leave the club in great hands or great shape but thankfully they managed to go out and buy a couple of decent players.”
The stunt was Fowler’s second crack at Torres after the striker used his column in the West Australian newspaper to fire the first shot.
“There’s something not quite right about the Spaniard’s last-minute transfer to Chelsea,” Fowler wrote.
“As a Liverpool fan it was disappointing to see Torres leave because on his day he’s a world-class player and I want the best players at the club. But if I was a manager and a player said he didn’t want to be at the club I’d try to get the best deal I could.”
“Only a couple of weeks ago Torres was talking about how much he loved the fans and the club. He won’t be getting a warm welcome next time he plays at Anfield.”
Travelling Liverpool fans will soon get an opportunity to voice their displeasure as the Reds play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
And, while the Blues feature Torres up front, Chelsea’s defence will have to be wary of the strike force Liverpool bought to replace the Spanish World Cup winner in Andy Carroll, a 35-million-pound capture from Newcastle, and former Ajax striker Luis Suarez, who scored for Liverpool in midweek.