Majority of Liverpool fans would take Fernando Torres back for free

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is struggling on loan at AC Milan.

In a poll conducted by the Liverpool Echo, the majority of the participants have voted in favour of bringing back Fernando Torres on a free transfer if given the choice.

The Spanish international striker broke the Reds’ hearts when he opted to leave the club for Premier League rivals Chelsea in a deal worth £50 million in January 2011.

His role at Stamford Bridge was simply for a player bought for such a huge amount - replicate his fabulous form with the Reds and fire the Blues to the Premier League title.

Such objectives, however, failed to materialise as Torres’s stay in West London was borderline a disaster following a huge downturn in both performances and goals.

After three and a half years of frustration, boss Jose Mourinho decided to ship him out as the former Atletico Madrid hero embarked on a new adventure in Italy, joining AC Milan on a two-year loan spell.

His loan deal completion date coincides with his existing contract with the Blues, suggesting that he no longer has a role to play at Stamford Bridge and he is as good as gone.

In spite of his new surroundings and revived hope, Torres’s stay in Italy has been equally disappointing prompting speculation of a shock return to former employers Liverpool.

With Daniel Sturridge nursing an injury, the Merseysiders are desperate for new attacking options and the fans seemingly understand this and are even willing to bring back the man they came to despise.

In a poll conducted by the Liverpool Echo, a majority 74% of the participants say they would take Torres on a free transfer right now.

In a previous three-year stint on Merseyside under then-boss Rafa Benitez, Torres notched an incredible 65 Premier League goals in 102 appearances.

Since those days, he has failed to reach even a third of that figure in terms of league goals over four and a half seasons in both England and Italy.

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