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This is definitely a case of saving the most obvious one for last.
Fernando Torres is, without question, one of the world's greatest strikers—a fantastic player with an incredible ability to score goals. There's just one problem: He seems to have forgotten that he's Fernando Torres. He seems to have forgotten how to score goals.
As a Liverpool fan, I would have every reason to be delighted at Torres's current plight: One goal from 16 league games since his £50 million move from my beloved Reds to Stamford Bridge. Performances which were so far removed from those he had turned in through out his career. A world class player, a superstar, looking like an average and, at times, a poor player.
I should be delighted. I want to be delighted. But I can't be delighted. I can't even take a small amount of pleasure for it. Despite all the pain Torres inflicted on Liverpool fans with his departure, he gave us so much joy during his three and a half year spell that I for one find it awful to watch him endure such a torrid time.
He was a hero to me and so many others, and despite the manner in which he left, I think the fact that he missed out on a partnership with Luis Suarez that would have brought the best from him and made him an even better player is punishment enough.
Right now, Torres just needs a goal. I remain convinced of that. It doesn't matter what type of goal. He just needs one solitary goal and then the genius will come flooding back. Goals will flow, plaudits will be showered upon him and champagne football will take hold at the Bridge.
I make that last statement based on what I believe to be the key to Torres' potential rebirth and that is, as I mentioned earlier, the possible link up between Torres and new signing and fellow Spaniard, Juan Mata.
Torres right now is football's version of Pandora's box in my view. Locked inside is something that will spread terror on defences across Europe and vanquish all doubters and nay-sayers. Mata is the key to unlocking that box, and I think it's more a case of "when" than "if" Torres finds his scoring stride.
With Drogba on the sidelines, Torres' safety net isn't there. Last season when he was playing poorly for Chelsea, he had Drogba who could score goals when he was failing to. Now, there is no Drogba, and Chelsea are going to need goals in the coming weeks. Torres is going to have remember that he is in fact Fernando Torres, he is in fact one of the world's great players and is in fact capable of greatness again.
Failing his return to form, please sell him back to Liverpool...