Spanish international asks for Anfield exit.
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In an earlier article praise was lavished on Blackpool’s Ian Holloway and Charlie Adam for the manner in which they have handled themselves during this January transfer window.
This praise, however, cannot be bestowed upon Fernando Torres, the Liverpool striker, following his plea to leave the club within this January transfer window.
The written transfer request, which was swiflty rejected by the Merseyside club, has only served to confirm the supporters’ worst fears.
Few would argue that Liverpool have had a poor season by their exceptionally high standards. But this poor form is a contribution of Torres and his team-mates. Whether the Liverpool supporters blame Roy Hodgson or the players for their position is open to debate but one thing that has remained constant this season is the inconsistent form of Torres.
Since his arrival at Anfield in the summer of 2007 from Atletico Madrid, the Spanish international has been a huge success. However, similarly to Wayne Rooney at Manchester United, Torres has struggled for form amid claims that he sees his future away from Liverpool. That time has seemingly arrived.
Having been the subject of a reported £35m bid from Chelsea which was rejected yesterday, reports were circling that Torres was keen for his employers to consider the London club’s bid. These rumours were later followed up by the confirmation of a transfer request from the Spanish striker.
There are a number of reasons that make Torres’ intention to leave so disrespectful and ill-timed.
Under the ownership of Tom Hicks and George Gillett and since the buy-out by John Henry, Torres was quite vocal in his thoughts on investing in players. Liverpool fans would have been forgiven for thinking that on a day in which Liverpool had agreed a deal to sign Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker, from Ajax, a transfer request would not be forthcoming.
Liverpool fans might have been forgiven for thinking that, in the light of his lacklustre displays and distinct lack of interest in the first half of the season, that a transfer request would not be forthcoming as he wanted to repay the faith shown in him by the club and their fans during this testing time.
Liverpool fans might have been forgiven for thinking that, since he signed a contract extension to run until 2013/14 as early as last summer, a transfer request would not be forthcoming as he had signalled his long term intention to remain on Merseyside.
Liverpool fans might not be so forgiving now.