Former hero: Liverpool fans still have a high opinion of Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres, in his prime, was an absolute superstar.

A successful start to his career with Atletico Madrid led to a move to Liverpool in 2007.

The centre-forward scored 33 times in his first season for the Reds, before netting 17, 22 and nine respectively in his next three campaigns for the Merseyside outfit.

After managing 81 goals in 142 games, Torres left for Chelsea in January 2011.

The Spaniard’s career pretty much went downhill from that point; there were some brilliant moments, but he never showed the type of form from his Liverpool days.

Now 35, Torres currently turns out for Sagan Tosu in the J1 League.

The manner of the forward’s exit from Liverpool was not exactly brilliant, but it seems that the club’s supporters still have fond memories of him.

Indeed, in response to a Twitter post from Liverpool’s official account, the Merseyside team’s fans were out in their numbers to hail the 6 ft 1 ace: