Liverpool have been dealt some serious blows in the transfer market over the past few seasons. While the club may not have fallen foul to the cult of the badge-kisser over the years, they have certainly had their fair share of fallen idols and unsavoury characters in and around the first-team squad.
The latest villain to add to the list, a player that has seriously let the club and it’s fans down recently with his actions is Fernando Torres, after moving to rivals Chelsea for a fee in the region of £50m.
On January 9th Torres stated his allegiance to the Liverpool cause stating that: “More than ever, we need to stick together. My head is in Liverpool and on helping save our season. I am professional and I always fulfil my deals. I haven’t considered leaving, although in football that depends on the club.”
Now, to my mind, this would seem to allude to a pledge of loyalty on Torres’ behalf to see out his contract with the club until it ran out in 2013, yet just 20 days later the player handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to Chelsea before the close of the January transfer window. He got his wish.
Torres’ endured a terrible debut against his former club and already there are question marks about how he is going to fit into Chelsea’s formation. However, Torres is not the first player to let the club and it’s fans down. Whether it be due to an acrimonious departure, failure to live up to a price tag or simply because they’ve joined a rival club, Liverpool fans have seen there fair share of villains over the years.