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Why Fernando Torres Thrived at Liverpool Under Benitez
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Since his £50 million move to Chelsea in January 2011, Fernando Torres has been criticised for a lack of form, lack of ability, lack of goals and a general malaise compared to his scintillating best that he showed for Liverpool.

Now that he is under new management at Stamford Bridge in Rafael Benitez, questions are inevitably being asked of whether the Spanish boss can make his old star striker back into the lethal machine he was when the Reds were one of the best sides in Europe.

Torres is now 28 years old and into what should be considered his prime years. If he was able to get back to the energetic and irrepressible levels he showed earlier in his career, then the Blues might see full value on their record signing after all.

There are differences in Torres' own game though compared to three or four years ago, and he is playing in a differently styled team too.

Here are the reasons why El Niño was such a success at Liverpool under the former Reds boss.

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