Former Liverpool favourite Danny Murphy claims that the out-of-form Fernando Torres has seen his best days, and that any chance of the Spanish striker reviving his old Anfield standards are hopeless.
Speaking on talkSPORT's Colin Murray Show earlier this week, Murphy also added that, while he may have been prolific during his time at Merseyside, many within the Reds' squad were aware of just how limited Torres' skill set was:
He will never be back to that player he was at Anfield. He’s as good [now] as he’s ever going to be [again]. He’s never going to get back to that one or two year period he had at Liverpool. When he did his knee, I’m not sure how bad it was, but it was quite a long one, when he came back he was a shadow, physically, of his former self.
I remember when he was doing well at Liverpool taking to a couple of the lads there and they were a bit negative about his technical ability and what he didn’t have, rather than what he did have, which was pace and power. But the rest of his game has never been perfect, far from it, in fact.
There was a spell at Liverpool when he was unplayable because of his power and his pace, but once he lost that and his confidence went he became reliant on his technical ability, which he’s not very good at – his hold up play, his passing, his decision making, which is terrible.
Murphy left Liverpool in 2004, meaning that he never actually got to partner up in the same line-up as Torres himself, but one would think that the former Reds' staple has his share of inside knowledge at the club.
Having previously impressed at Atletico Madrid, there's no doubting that the forward's form has declined bit by bit since his move to Stamford Bridge, and it may be that this summer is the juncture at which he and Chelsea part ways.