Rumours abound that forlorn frontman Fernando Torres isn’t wanted by renters AC Milan, who are allegedly keen on terminating his two-year loan from Chelsea in order to bring in another player.
This has set the gossip peddlers’ tongues a-wagging and it hasn’t taken long for them to link the Spaniard with a return to Liverpool, who have their own misfiring forward they want off the wage bill.
Mario Balotelli is the player in question, with Napoli reportedly interested in offering the Italian an Anfield exit back to the sanctuary of Serie A.
Sanctioning such a deal would leave the Reds a striker light, but a move for Torres would solve these problems, despite his notorious struggle for form since fleeing Merseyside in 2011.
Here’s why Liverpool should make the move:
El Nino has never played better than he did in front of the Kop.
With 81 goals in 142 appearances across all competitions during a three-and-a-half year spell at Anfield, Torres has never experienced finer fettle in his career than he did at Liverpool.
For many punters, his combination of great pace, flair and lethal finishing made him the best number nine on the planet during this stint and a return to his favourite haunt could lead to him rediscovering the golden touch he misplaced upon leaving the club the first time.
His form at Chelsea wasn’t as woeful as made out.
In the 2012/13 campaign, in which the Blues were managed by the man to extract the best from the Atletico Madrid academy alumni, Rafa Benitez, Torres struck 22 goals in 64 appearances.
A conversion rate of better than one in three is admirable and, when it is considered the he didn’t start all of these games, the feat becomes all the more impressive.
Clearly, when playing in an environment where he’s surrounded by positive influences, as was the case with Benitez, the Spaniard delivers the goods, which suggests he would get the goals at Liverpool, where Kopites the world over adored him.
The Reds need for a striker would instantly elevate him to an important position in the team.
When he was relied upon during his initial spell with the club, Torres did the business.
While he would be sharing striking duties with England marksman Daniel Sturridge, the injury problems his prospective partner in crime often succumbs to would lead to El Nino being the mainline goal-getter for large parts.
He thrived in similar circumstances at Atletico, but when this wasn’t the case, like at Chelsea and AC Milan, he has struggled for form.