World’s Tennis No.1 Caroline Wozniacki who is a Liverpool fan wants Fernando Torres to stay at L.F.C.
Caroline has admitted that Fernando is her favourite player in the past and over a year ago she Tweeted pictures of a signed shirt that Fernando had sent her with the message To Caroline, with best wishes “Fernando Torres”.
This afternoon she Tweeted the following.
I hope Torres will not leave Liverpool! He is such a great player!
You heard her Nando, you are breaking many hearts.
This feeling of emptiness on the day when we broke the bank to sign Luis Suarez for a record fee of £22.8M.
Yesterday was a historic day in Liverpool’s illustrious timeline. And yes, that still rings true. It’s historic in the sense that one of our best ever players stabbed us in the back and did the unthinkable.
That overshadowed another historic moment, where us fans were supposed to be rejoicing over the capture of Luis Suarez – a big name that has eluded us for some time. No one is rejoicing now.
When Chelsea started putting together a bid for Torres at £28M, most of us remained bullish. Sadly, in this world intoxicated with riches, all heads get turned in the face of dizzying offers.
As I stare across my faint-blue desk, I can’t help but notice youthful gleams of those eyes. His hands tucked, his posture slouched, coupled with a glistening grin. Superimposed on the side was the Liverbird – envisioning that he was born to be with Liverpool.
We all thought he had this unmistakable, unique bond with all fans. That bond was broken yesterday. Personally, I felt as if I just lost a best friend.
He broke the hearts of all fans’ worldwide, young and old, by submitting a written transfer request to force a move to Chelsea. In the face of adversity, Liverpool stood strong. They laid down the marker and assumed their authority on the player – as if telling Torres – you’re not bigger than the club.
Torres, after all, is just an employee of Liverpool Football Club.
I can understand Torres’ intentions for being disillusioned, disconnected. Everyone has felt that way since the rot set in 2 years ago. Yet when everything just started to click into place, he dropped a bombshell.
A myriad of why’s popped up in my head.
Whatever that developed in the past 24-48 hours is illogical. All fans can understand a desire to leave the club given the current malaise (which we have not quite recovered from yet).
Yet what baffles me most is the timing of the request, and the choice of destination.
Firstly, submitting a request with just less than 4 days to go before the transfer window slammed shut in clubs’ faces just screamed of self-centredness. He put his personal desires and needs ahead of his duty to fulfil his contract and serve the club for the duration stipulated in the agreement.
No one can bury their faces in the sand and pretend as if nothing had happened. What is as clear as daylight told me that Torres has decided that he is too big for this club and chose a time ‘perfect’ to submit a request. It stinks of disloyalty, respectfulness, and a sense of irresponsibility.
After all, there he was just 19 days ago, committing his future to the club. Lies.
Secondly, his choice of destination is Chelsea. Where do Chelsea exactly stand in the League? Oh, a miserable 4th for the Champions last year – with their hopes for the title evaporating with each passing game. Their immediate priority now only remains in Champions League qualification for next season, with Tottenham hot on their heels.
Truth to be told, Chelsea’s rebuilding job is as big as Liverpool’s. Lampard, Drogba, Anelka, Terry, Malouda are all in their 30s and the Russian who bankrolls Chelsea is intent on cutting down spending as his footballing interest is on a rapid decline.
We have another set of owners who are doing everything, both in the short-term and in the long term to navigate Liverpool to rule England once again. The amount of hours and work they put in 24/7 for the Club is immeasurable – they are driven, determined and are hungry for glory.
Is Torres’ mind overruled by his agent who is just desperate for a payroll to buy himself a massive bungalow which sits next to Roman Abramovich’s jet? Or what?
No one really knows. What I’m certain of however, is that Torres is throwing in the towel and giving up hope on Liverpool as a club capable of living up to his expectations.
No bother. No player is bigger than the club. The club rides the good times and the bad times with the fans – no one player is really ever loyal.
While Chelsea are certain to up their offer for Torres to a valuation of £35M, with a £5M Daniel Sturridge thrown into the package, therein lies a massive question.
Is it time to let him go?
For me – he has put his reputation at Liverpool in tatters. He has torn all his goals for Liverpool up. He will never regain the affection he once enjoyed from the fans in The Kop.
His heart is turned. There is no point in keeping a player whose heart lies elsewhere now.
If he wants to leave, then do one and go on. All we can do now is to milk every penny out of Chelsea’s transfer coffers and make sure we end up £50M richer – we could buy up to 3 quality players up to £16M with that.
And my final message for Torres is.
The club doesn’t fight for you to play. You fight to play for the club.
Fernando Torres getting some "love" from Chelsea fans
As with 99% of Liverpool fans, I was shocked when the transfer request from Fernando Torres came in, I woke up this morning with the hope it was all a bad nightmare.When all seemed that things were falling into place and finally we had a quality strike partner for Torres this happens, WTF?
I am still hopeful that Nando has a change of heart because after all this all seems out of character from what he said and what he has written in his book. I hope that he will do what Steven Gerrard, Wayne Ronney and Carlos Tevez did and do a 180 turn and end up staying.
However we must remember that we are Liverpool and no one is bigger than the club and in our history when one of our heroes left we always ended up replacing him with another who lead us to even more glory.
In 1946 Matt Busby left and Billy Liddell came in.
In 1977 Kevin Keegan left and Kenny Dalglish replaced him.
In 1987 Ian Rush* left and he was replaced by John Barnes, Peter Beardsley & John Aldridge.
In 2004 Michael Owen left and then we won the Champions League. *Ian Rush did return after a season at Juventus.
I must admit that a part of me died yesterday, our El Nino’s innocence was forever lost and I just can stop singing the refrain from Abba’s hit song. There was something in the air that night
The stars were bright, Fernando
They were shining there for you and me
For liberty, Fernando
Though we never thought that we could lose
There’s no regret
If I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Fernando
This is not a plea. It’s a statement of fact. The last 24 hours have been an anxious wait for many Liverpool fans wanting to know the intricacies of the Torres saga. I couldn’t sleep at night, waking up and browsing NewsNow for latest updates related to this story. Reading about Torres’ alleged transfer request sent shivers down my spine; a nightmare unfolding I thought to myself.
Even as I write this piece, I’m constantly hitting the refresh button on NN hoping to read that all important headline about Torres rubbishing rumours of his departure. Why should he leave anyway? Is it money? I’m sure he’s salary tops the list in the financial balance sheet breakdown. If not, I’m pretty sure Liverpool can sort out any worries he has about not being paid well (which I don’t think is the case).
Torres is simply adored not only by those residing in Liverpool, but by hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe. My nephew learnt the Torres song at the tender age of five and it’s thanks to Torres and Gerrard that he’s learnt to appreciate the beautiful game. Torres must understand that leaving Liverpool is not about leaving a football club; it’s about leaving home. How can he hand in a transfer request when he showed to the Football World his passion for the club by sporting a Liverpool scarf when Spain won the World Cup? How can Torres hand in a transfer request when barely two weeks ago he stated his commitment and loyalty? All of this defies belief.
Torres must understand that such a departure will lead to harsh consequences at the club he so much showed he loved. This transfer will, undoubtedly, have a ripple effect across the team and with Pepe Reina being courted by Man. Utd, I can forsee the first disastrous side-effect of this un-called for decision.
So, Torres wants to leave for Chelsea, presumably thinking Champions League football is guaranteed in London. Very untrue and very naive of Torres to think on these lines (again, assuming this is the reason). There is no guarantee Chelsea will finish in fourth spot with Spurs and Man. City fighting it all out to make it to Europe’s elite group. Liverpool, this season, have fallen down the pecking order, true, but Torres must understand that Liverpool’s problems were a result of poor ownership and team management, issues which have now been ironed out.
Kenny Dalglish taking the reigns at Anfield should be enough of a reason for Torres to stay put. No disrespect to Ancelotti, but if I had to chose between Dalglish, one of football’s greatest ambassadors as a player and manager, and Ancelotti, the decision is simple and straightforward.
Torres doesn’t need to depart. Liverpool have just secured a number one striker in Suarez and the team is showing signs of composure, mental strength, decisiveness, grit and class, all brought about by Dalglish and his coaching team led by Steve Clarke. This is a Liverpool team on the up and which can truly challenge for honours in the not so distant future.
I will now sign off. If Torres has any doubts of what playing for Liverpool means, I would suggest watching “Liverpool: One Night In May” to comprehend what being part of the Liverpool family truly means.
Torres, do the right thing. Come out and tell the whole Football World that you’re Liverpool through-and-through. Don’t throw in the towel. Don’t let us down. Think it over.
I do not know if you will ever see this letter or if somewhere in Liverpool you are lying awake like me, unable to sleep thinking.. thinking.. Nando, one thing supporting LFC has taught us is that we must have faith when everyone around us has lost hope. It is for that reason I write this letter – until the referee blows the final whistle, I always believe we have a chance to make things right.
Friday brought the news of Chelsea FC having a bid rejected for you, £35m allegedly. I laughed when I heard of the bid and the number, I thought Fernando Torres is worth more than £ and numbers, Chelsea can have their big money but big money doesn’t buy our Nando’s affections!
All my favourite journalists were telling me we had no reason to worry, that with King Kenny in charge and Liverpool looking to sign Suarez Nando would never desert us. I never needed to read that because I never questioned your loyalty but it was good to hear nonetheless.
Then Mr Balague spoke saying you wanted to leave Liverpool and you had asked Liverpool to listen to offers. I laughed at that too! I have a lot of respect for Guiliem but I said, unless Fernando Torres comes out himself and says he is leaving, I will NEVER question his loyalty.
I knew people were thinking I was stupid, stubborn and naive but I didn’t care. When you believe in someone or something, the true test of your faith is during the bad times not during the good!
All day I was hearing the same rumours flying around, all day I watched as more and more people began to lose faith. The silence was deafening. The buzz of rumours and hearsay too loud. Still, I kept faith refusing to question your love and loyalty to Liverpool FC and to the fans.
I must have fallen asleep at some point during the night only to be woken at 3am with a need to search the news. There it was in black and red. The words I did not want to see or hear all day. The words I was refusing to accept even as I read them; Fernando Torres has handed in a transfer request.
My heart broke Nando as did so many others tonight.. They say something feels like a kick in the stomach – this felt like Stevie G had smashed the ball straight at me gut.
I can not see what will happen for the rest of the year, I do not know whether LFC will be pushing upwards or falling back downwards until May. But I can tell you that Liverpool FC needs you to help us fight to move upwards.
Fernando, you do not need a history lesson from me explaining to you why you should not leave us. And I will not give you one. I will speak openly to you about what you mean to us and what we mean to you.
Nando when you joined Liverpool FC fresh from Spain, we had already fallen in love with you because of your famous armband. But, the day you stood up to John Terry against Chelsea was the day you wrote yourself into Liverpool legend..
We sang for you Nando, home and away. We cheered for you every time you came on and clapped you every time you came off. Our song for you followed us around Europe to Atletico and to the Bernabeau where we showed your rivals you were ours! When you were not even on the pitch we sang your name. When you played well we cheered your every touch and when you played poorly we stood up for you.
We fell in love with Spain because of you Nando, Liverpool became Spain in honour of you. We made friends with your fans in Atletico because of you. We sat with them and sang your name aide by side. We watched you as you played for the Spanish National team, praying you would come back home happy and free of injuries.
We watched as you scored the winning goal against Germany and you won the world cup in South Africa. We followed the post world cup festivities only see your face – your joy! We cried when we saw you celebrating with a Liverpool scarf on and we smiled knowing you were ours and we were yours.
We made Merseyside your home Nando. We afforded you every respect. Stopping you in the street to ask about your family; your wife and beautiful children.
Our children made you their heroes, you fulfilled their dreams every time you scored. You made them happy Nando. You made us all happy.
We waved our flags bearing your name, fans paid money to create flags placing you and King Kenny side by side. Some of us bought our first Liverpool shirts with your name on. We bought your autobiography and cried over your love and dedication to us…
We gave you our love Nando and you made us happy. You respected us. Clapped us when you scored and when we lost. You understood us Nando, understood our passion to succeed.
But it has been a tough 18 months for us all. Fans and players alike. We watched as we nearly lost our great club, we sang, protested and marched and we won that battle. Then, we watched our performances get worse on the pitch, listened as so many people criticised you but we took to our forums, blogs and twitter defending your abilities. When King Kenny took over, we saw a new Liverpool. A happy team fighting for the club and the manager. We saw you Nando proving your doubters wrong – proving us right.
Fernando, I think what hurts us the most from this is that we do not understand the timing of your request. King Kenny loves you, he has faith in you and needs you to help get his club out of this mess. Leaving us in January, Nando would be as bad as a soldier turning back on his men when the battle is at it’s most trying moment..
I will end this letter now by asking you to think of our bond, our love and our respect for you before you make a decision. Know this Nando, no team will love you the way we have and still do..
People may think me naive and idiotic for having held faith in you for so long, but it is my way – it is The Liverpool Way. But, If you leave Nando, we will console ourselves knowing that players come and go but the club and it’s crest will always remain.