As the arrival of his former manager at Stamford Bridge coincided with him finding the net four times in two games, many people were heralding the return of the great Fernando Torres. They tipped him to go on to score 20 goals and really make a name for himself at Chelsea.
That would have been something of a footballing fairy tale, as the lost boy is reunited with his mentor and goes on to achieve great success. However, in the cold light of reality, that was never going to happen.
Torres is not a boy; he is a 28-year-old man, and his best days are behind him.
During his time at Liverpool he relied on bursts of acceleration that saw him beat the offside trap to latch onto balls over the top from Steven Gerrard time and time again. That pace is no longer part of his arsenal, nor is there any discernible desire to try and win the game for the team and the fans.
He looked disinterested against QPR and when his only shot of the game is a half-hearted attempt straight at the 'keeper, you have to wonder how this man has now seen off three different Chelsea managers.