£50m Torres in debut loss to former club Liverpool
February 7, 2011
English football’s most expensive ever signing was substituted in the 66th minute as his new team were defeated by his former Liverpudlian employers by one goal to nil.
Fernando Torres, £50million of Spanish striker who just moved to league champions Chelsea, was roundly booed by his old fans as he was taken off with a third of the game to go.
And it was his former club who are now n the ascendency after defeating the West Londoners for the first time in two years.
Stand-in Liverpool coach Kenny Dalglish got his tactics spot on for the encounter, in which he faced Torres playing alongside Didier Drogba and slightly ahead of Nicholas Anelka.
The trio stuttered to get off the ground and the narrowness of the Liverpool defence proved too difficult to break down, leading Dalglish to claim his fourth straight league victory without conceding a single goal.
And the kop legend did not have to call on either of his own £55million striking partnership, with Andy Carroll still suffering from a calf injury and Luis Suárez left on the despite scoring on his debut last week.
But it was the return to action of Jamie Carragher which had the largest impact of the game, the defensive lynchpin starting his first game since dislocating his shoulder at White Hart Lane before xmas.
Raul Mierles is finding even more form with his third goal in consecutive games leaving Chelsea level on points with Spurs but still in fourth place on goal difference.