Transfer Bin: Fernando Torres to make shock January return to Liverpool

Liverpool have been linked with a move to re-sign Fernando Torres from Chelsea.

It didn't take long for Fernando Torres to make himself an Anfield hero. Just 16 minutes into his home debut against Chelsea, Torres scored his first Liverpool goal - and that was the first chunk of his £20m price tag that he repaid.

The former Atletico Madrid star went on to score 81 goals in 142 games for the Reds in a hugely successful three-and-a-half year spell on Merseyside, before incurring the wrath of the Liverpool faithful by leaving the club to join rivals Chelsea for £50m in January 2011.

Since that moment, Torres' career has been nothing short of a disaster. Just 45 goals in 172 games for Chelsea made him a laughing stock in the Premier League, whilst his recent loan move to AC Milan has garnered just one goal in ten games.

Reports in Italy suggest that Milan may look to terminate Torres' loan deal in January in order to bring in a more prolific striker, and according to the Daily Mail, Liverpool will try to bring him back to Anfield given that he has no future at Chelsea.

Liverpool tried to replace star striker Luis Suarez in the summer, but the combined £20m spent on Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert hasn't reaped any rewards, leaving manager Brendan Rodgers to try Raheem Sterling as a faux-centre forward in recent games in a bid to generate some sort of threat in attack.

Signing another centre forward in January is a must for Rodgers and Liverpool, but make no mistake - Torres is not the man for the job, which lands this rumour in our transfer bin.

Torres turns 31 in March, so any hope of him returning to his former glories has gone. Torres is now a player who will work hard up front and run the channels, but has absolutely no goalscoring threat anymore - and is therefore no different than Balotelli or Lambert.

Instead, Liverpool should be looking to spend their money on someone like Jackson Martinez in the January transfer window; someone who is has scored goals regularly recently and is trending up rather than down.

Torres' career has been in freefall ever since leaving Liverpool almost four years ago, but rather than Liverpool contemplating a move to bring him back to the club, the Spaniard should be regretting ever leaving in the first place.

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