With one goal in 10 Serie A appearances, it looks likely that Fernando Torres’ Italian adventure may be a brief one. The Spaniard joined the San Siro giants on a two-year loan deal from Chelsea over the summer, with the transfer appearing to be, effectively, a permanent one with his contract at Stamford Bridge set to end in 2016.
Yet Milan are, according to reports, willing to let him go in January, and Chelsea are believed to be willing to sanction a free deal for the 30-year-old.
With Liverpool struggling, could bringing back a player who once wowed the Anfield crowd be wise? Maybe, and here are FIVE reasons why…
Daniel Sturridge, Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli have managed just two Premier League goals between them this season. Shocking! Okay, the former has been out injured since August, but the tally produced by the quartet as a whole is simply awful, leaving Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling as the club’s joint top scorers with three league goals apiece.
Torres was hardly prolific in his spell at Chelsea, but he did at least register superior goals to minute ratio than the majority of Liverpool’s marksmen have this term.
Reports suggest that Milan are willing to offload the Spaniard, with their desire to get rid so strong that a full on loan termination next month is on the cards. By no means an underpaid star, Torres earns £3.1m-per-season, with no form of fee needed, that cost is one that should be within the Reds’ reach, should they decide to push.
Chelsea may not even kick up a fuss, with the possibility of ‘El Nino’ returning to Stamford Bridge not once Jose Mourinho will be keen on after recruiting three new forwards over the summer after losing patience with Torres.
There’s a lot to be said for being happy in the workplace. As the old adage goes, a happy worker is a productive worker, and Torres has not looked truly content since his time at Anfield. The once-prolific forward was, arguably, the best all-round striker on the planet through the late 2000s, with his blend of pace, power and composure making him a danger for even the best centre-backs.
Injuries and ‘that fee’ back in 2011 seem to have wrecked his career, but returning to familiar surroundings and a club he knows has great affection for him – even though a fair few Kopites won’t admit it – may be enough to help the 30-year-old enjoy a few more good years.
The fact that Liverpool needed to beat Basel on Tuesday night and Borini was left out of the squad is damning. The Italian was Brendan Rodgers’ first signing upon his arrival at Anfield, yet the once Chelsea and Swansea man appears to be massively out of favour on Merseyside, with his decision to reject a deadline day move to Sunderland or QPR seemingly frustrating for his boss.
A transfer looks to be the best option for all involved, but Liverpool do need another player in to boost their ranks with Europa League action now a reality.
Having spent seven years in English football, Torres knows what the Premier League is all about. Many foreign imports struggle to adapt to the physical demands and the pure amount of competition, which often makes recruiting from abroad a bit hit and miss. After all, for every Diego Costa, there’s an Alfonso Alves!
Torres knows the game, has proven his abilities in the past and is available for next to nothing. Maybe he is worth a punt.