The response from some Liverpool fans to the title will be “what pros?” But I believe there are some reasons for selling our world class centre forward, even though personally I would prefer him to stay at the club:
- No one would deny that Torres’s injury record over the last two seasons has been great. Now out once more for six weeks with a knee problem which he had issues with back in January, it means that the 26 year old has only played 20 league games this season. His goals to game ratio has been absolutely fantastic but with the amount of injuries he has had, it means he is not been scoring the amount of goals he would like. The fact he only played 20 league games last season is also of major concern, and an indication that his injury problems may persist in the future. There can be no doubting though that many of these can be attributed to him overplaying. He hasn’t had a rest since 2007 effectively after playing in Euro 2008 and the Confederations Cup in the last two summers, and the fact that Liverpool haven’t got any other proven goalscorers hasn’t helped either. When he is fit again after a long term injury lay off, he goes straight back into the team for a long run of games, increasing the likelihood of him getting injured again. The fact that he generally plays as a lone striker and that the onus to score goals weighs heavily on him, are other contributing factors to his frequent injury lay offs. Buying a striker to lighten the burden could be the solution.
- Selling Torres for an extravagant amount of money of between 60 and £80million would help Rafa Benitez tremendously in re-building the squad after a bad season. 3 or 4 top class players, including a striker, could be bought for that money, a striker who could be 100% fit and score goals frequently too. Considering Torres’s injury record too, it maybe the only time in his career he is valued at such a high amount, and if he continues to break down with constant niggles, the Reds may regret not taking the money.
- Selling the world’s top striker and goalscorer can only really have a negative effect on the team. Liverpool effectively have 4 world class players on their day in Pepe Reina, Javier Mascherano, Steven Gerrard and Torres, and the loss of one of them would represent a big backwards step in the pursuit of that elusive Premier League title. Torres has scored an amazing 56 in 79 league games for the Reds, and that can’t be replaced very easily. Goals win you matches, and in his three year spell at Anfield, Torres has already contributed many important goals that have decided critical games. It is a sale which would cost points, goals and maybe titles.
- Selling to a team like Manchester City would be a shot in the foot for the Reds as they would be selling to rivals who potentially are competing with us for the Premier League title. The only teams that Liverpool should even consider selling to are in Italy or Spain. In most respects, a move to City would be a step backwards both in terms of history and fan support, there is certainly a lot of ambition at the club but the move would be more for money than anything else.
- The sale of Torres would no doubt lead to an exodus of senior players at the club. The lack of ambition by selling your star striker would indicate to players such as Javier Mascherano and Steven Gerrard that the club doesn’t have the means to go forward and be successful. The loss of such players would make the sale even more calamitous, compounding the loss with further sales which could take a manager a hell of a lot of rebuilding to make the team competitive once again.
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