Dan Walker of the BBC says, for example: "It seems Torres has told #LFC he wants to leave in this window. Big fight to hold on to one of the world's best."
Oliver Kay at The Times said: "It has been a season of false alarms (Rooney, Tevez), but it's clear that #LFC face a very serious fight to keep Torres."
So what many thought would be an uneventful January has turned into the mother of all transfer windows.
The original piece is now being confirmed across all media.
Liverpool FC confirm transfer request was made and turned down.