As everybody knows by now, Fernando Torres was moved to Chelsea for £50 million yesterday.
El Nino's move has caused a lot of controversy with Liverpool fans outraged by the move and Torres hasn't exactly given Anfield a fond farewell.
Here are some of my thoughts on the move: Liverpool fans are overreacting!
Since the move, I've seen countless abusive comments from Liverpool fans on every article to do with Torres, but the truth is this move couldn't have been better for them.
One of the obvious reasons is that they managed to get £50 million for a striker who's been in terrible form all season and made no impact while he was at the World Cup in the summer. Nine goals and five assists from 23 appearances can hardly justify that price tag.
Torres may have been a world class player in his day, but he never looked like he'd be returning to his best at Liverpool when he didn't even want to play for them.
Another reason why Liverpool should stop sulking is because they replaced a 27 year old off-form striker with two young and in-form ones.
Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez are both great young talents. Carroll has impressed at Newcastle all season and Suarez had a brilliant World Cup that was overshadowed by his hand-ball against Ghana. If Liverpool hadn't have sold Torres, it would've been unlikely for them to get both of these players. The most valuable players to a club are people who want to play for them and they've replaced Torres, a man who doesn't want to play for them, with two men eager to make an impression.
I've also heard fans saying that they were disgusted because he only gave Liverpool three days notice before he handed in his transfer request. But didn't Carroll, the player they bought to replace Torres, hand in his transfer request on deadline day?
So, why is Torres receiving piles of abuse while Carroll is praised? It doesn't make sense. Carroll was every bit as important to Newcastle as Torres was to Liverpool but there hasn't been half as much controversy about Carroll.
Although I feel that Torres is receiving too much abuse, I do not agree with his choice to leave Anfield. He left the club when they needed him the most and instead of trying to improve his game, he began to sulk and wanted out. I can understand that he wants to play in the Champions League and be successful, but why couldn't he just help Liverpool secure a Europa League spot and move in the summer?
Either way, nobody deserves this much abuse when they leave a club.
Before I finish, I'd like to mention my disgust at the amount of money being thrown around on transfers. I think it's ridiculous that rich clubs can buy almost any player if they keep putting in bids and don't take no for an answer.
It's very difficult for small clubs to keep a hold of their best players because understandably, the player wants to play for a big club. But small clubs are often forced to sell their players on short notice which can disrupt their squad and interfere with their plans for the season.
I believe that building a team through your academy with the occasional transfer is the best thing for the game, rather than the likes of Man City and Chelsea buying success through the transfer market.
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