Saturday, January 29, 2011

Is Torres being a Traitor? Breaking hearts of all Liverpool fans

Liverpool have turned down a transfer request from forward Fernando Torres, just 24 hours after rejecting a bid believed to be in the regon of £35-40 million from Chelsea. With no rival clubs displaying an interest in the Spaniard's signature, the Blues are expected to make another bid that may prove too good to refuse, but must do so before the closure of the January transfer window in just a couple of days.

A statement released by the club read; “He's under a long-term contract. We expect him to honour the commitment he made to Liverpool and its fans when he signed the agreement.”

Earlier today Liverpool announced they will sign Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez, a player whom many considered an ideal foil for the 26-year-old Spaniard. However, Suarez’s arrival has not been enough to convince Torres about his future at Anfield, as the striker continues to struggle with his own form this season.

"Fernando Torres has submitted a written transfer request,” the statement continued, “ which has been rejected by Liverpool.”

Liverpool’s inability to offer Torres Champions League football has played a major role in the player’s decision to leave the club, though his desire to force a move is running out of time with the January transfer window closing in a matter of days.

Fernando Torres is one of the worlds finest strikers. He's at the peak of his playing career at 26 and like everyone else he's sick of the way Liverpool have been owned, managed and performed.

He wants success and trophies to show for his unbelievable talent so who can blame him for wanting to go to another club where he can play with other top players who can make him even more successful on and off the pitch.

Don't get me wrong. I want Torres to stay. The new owners have just proved their intent to improve the squad by investing in Suarez and now that Kenny is in charge things are really beginning to turn around. So the timing of Torres's transfer request is, to say the least, confusing even more so by the fact that it's come just a few days before the transfer window closes. Why not earlier?

No one wants a player to stay if he isn't committed to club and at times during the past two seasons Torres's body language has not been good. He's been plagued by injuries, which has not helped, so if he truly is unhappy being at Liverpool then we should accept the inevitable.

I will be gutted if Torres leaves but it's not the end of the world. I remember Keegan leaving Liverpool and was gutted by his decision too. How could we replace him? Impossible. But along came the King. Long live the King.

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