Monday, July 12, 2010

Fernando Torres Injury: Is Liverpool Happy or Disappointed?

It may sound strange that Liverpool could be happy with the recent injury news of their Spanish striker Fernando Torres who picked up a groin injury during his substitute appearance in Spain’s historic victory over Netherlands in the World Cup final last night. This injury could deter Chelsea in their pursuit of making a big-money deal with Liverpool for Torres.

Fernando Torres has become a prime target for Premier League champion Chelsea. Reports available in the media suggest that the West London club already has a £40 million bid rejected by Liverpool for the player and Chelsea is now lining up an improved offer which could be in the region of £50 million to £70 million.

Now, the recent injury could force Fernando Torres to miss the first month action of the new season. So, there is every possibility Chelsea could back out from their pursuit of securing his service splashing a huge amount and Torres could stay at Anfield. In that case, reaction at the Liverpool camp could be mixed.

Manager Roy Hodgson could be happy to know that he would get a quality striker like Torres in his first season at the helm and would cherish the Spaniard’s service in his attempt to retain the Champions League spot next season.

On the other hand, Hodgson could think otherwise too. He could be disappointed by thinking that Torres’ recent injury has destroyed Liverpool’s chances of making some quick cash in by selling him to Chelsea. Given Torres’s injury problems and recent poor form, Hodgson may relish receiving an amount around £70 million, rather than keeping hold on the player.

Injury is nothing new to the former Atletico Madrid player. He was out of action most of the time during last season, and thus, adding to Liverpool’s misery. Torres came back in action just before the beginning of the World Cup and his lack of match fitness was pretty much clear during the tournament where he remained goalless despite making 7 appearances. Due to his lack of form, the 26-year-old was dropped from Spain’s starting line up for the semi final and final matches.

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