The Enigma That Is Fernando Torres

Adi-Oula SebastianCorrespondent IIOctober 10, 2009

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 24:  Fernando Torres of Spain kneels dejected during the FIFA Confederations Cup Semi Final match between Spain and USA at Free State Stadium on June 24, 2009 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. USA won the match 2-0.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Tonite's scoreline Armenia 1 - Spain 2

Spain is already qualified for the 2010 World Cup. Cesc Fabregas proved that he can play alongside Xavi. Puyol received the yellow card he was looking for so everyone is happy right? Not exactly, Fernando Torres has failed to find the net for la Furia Roja again. He hasn't scored in even one of the WCQ matches so far.

First of all, I am not trying to bash on Fernando Torres. I just don't understand why Fernando Torres fails to replicate his outstanding club form for la Seleccion. Shouldn't it be easier to play with Spain than Liverpool?

Before I get myself into trouble with Liverpool supporters. Liverpool have a quality squad and are a genuine contender for both domestic and European honors. And it's outlandish to compare a nation to a club. 

In the EPL Fernando Torres scores goals for fun. Ever since his debut two years ago he maintains one of the best if not the best goal/game ratio in the Premier League. Even after the departure of Xabi Alonso he is banging them in like no other.

What is really confusing me is that for the Reds he partners with Steven Gerrard (who isn't really a second striker) in attack and for Spain his strike partner is none other than David Villa.

Fernando Torres and David Villa - two of the very best. Can you imagine the headaches of the opposing manager? But for some strange reason Torres just goes anonymous.

Nobody expects him to score as freely as he does for Liverpool. But he should be able to keep up with Villa especially when Spain's midfield players have creativity in abundance: Xavi, Iniesta, Silva, Fabregas....Just imagine a Liverpool side with just one of them.

So why isn't he scoring more for Spain?